Originally Posted by conachair
Out of interest, where did the amsteel break? What sort of eyesplces did you use?
I used two different types of eye splices. One was a tuck and stitch as Samson
recommends. The second was a McDonald brummel splice that I wrote up here: Brummel
The line broke right in the middle, in the section of line not involved in either splice. The splices are much stronger than the line. People say that a splice only gives you 90% of line strength. I am sure it gives you more than line strength. I didn't even have grommets, just the soft shackle through the eye.
You can see all this on the page on testing on my web site. Soft Shackles
. I should have called that page soft shackle testing instead of just soft shackle. There is a video of the testing on it.
Just a caution. If you follow the directions in the Colligomarine video your soft shackle will be too small to use for jib sheets. There is a calculator app on my howto page Soft Shackles
where you can enter the length of shackle you want and it will tell you how to make the splice. Or you can experiment
like I did before writing the app.
We switch jib sheets when we switch sails
so one shackle is enough.