Originally Posted by Richard5
Nothing should be so ignored for that length of time. However, if I got this right what Paul is saying stick a monkey fist through a shackle.
Not quite, but that's not a bad way to trigger some types of shackles (the ones where you release the shackle using a fid), although I would rather splice a loop through the trigger eye.
With my setup the quick-release shackle normally has a short lanyard attached to the release pin -- the shackle I used was from an old tether which I had retired. I replaced the tether with several feet of light line, and the monkey's fist is at the other end to give the person in the water
something to grab. It doesn't have to be a monkey's fist, I just felt like tying one -- how often do you get the chance to tie a monkey's fist???
Every now and then I give the shackle a fresh-water rinse and work it a few times to make sure it's not getting corroded or salt-crusted.