View Full Version : Snap-shackle pulls

04-01-2011, 08:24 PM
These have been quite successful in Europe for racers: pull-toggles of line with a thimble and a split-ring (by others) to connect to the snap-shackle on your Genoa or other canvas to facilitate a swift, sure and accurate disconnect when trying to gibe on a reach or anytime when you're under a strong strain.

The line can either be natural cotton (2.0mm) or a strong polyester (1.4mm), set in a square (steam gasket) eight strand braid and finished with a star knot of eight points. The length is you option, but 4.5" overall (15-17cm) seems to be the most popular length.

In Polyester you have MANY choices as to the colour of the pull, while the cotton pulls are only of one colour: cotton (ecru).


Here's a set I made for a Portugese Racer in black: They subsequently ordered several more as they were so (xxx) useful...

This design is a 4-strand English sennit around the thimble to a footrope knot, then the eight strand (steamgasket) sennit to length and then finished off with an eight point star knot. Neat, interesting, and not something you'll see on every racer, by any means.

$16.00 USD each from 3" thru 6". Email for prices on longer lengths (but longer can get tangles or "in the way"...)

References on request.

04-01-2011, 08:27 PM
Oh, yeah.... at 24" O.A. they make a GREAT cannon-firing lanyard for Herreshoff signaling (10 Ga.) cannon!

Cannon lanyards.... in the 21st Century... Will wonders never cease?

05-18-2011, 11:00 AM
those are pretty cool looking. do you have a pic of one attached to a shackle?

05-25-2011, 10:10 PM
Will take one for you tomorrow.

In the meantime:

22" s/steel Schmitt-type wheel.

This is NOT a "yard sale" type item.... far too expensive and too many hours.

P.O.A. (http://www.frayedknotarts.com/email.html)

As first finished:

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Then the owner started putting the finish on:


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Five coats of Zinssers Bulleye "Orange Shellac". Owner likes just the shellac as it's an easy-to-repair finish: I like varnish OVER shellac as it protects the shellac colour, provides a smoother grip surface and really looks cool (IMO). It's why they make Vanilla and Chocolate, innit?


Die Alte

05-31-2011, 09:53 PM
Beautiful craftsmanship.

07-02-2011, 12:42 AM
That was a lot easier than the other place wasn't it!:)

07-31-2011, 08:20 PM
those are pretty cool looking. do you have a pic of one attached to a shackle?

Sorry for delay!



08-25-2011, 04:43 PM
That was a lot easier than the other place wasn't it!:)
Less confusing, though, which is half the fun.