Originally Posted by Jim Cate
That Wichard shackle is an interesting idea! Has anyone actually used one in anger? I'd love a first hand report.
Jim, I've used the MX 10 (suitable for up to 14 mm rope) om my previous cat.
It replaced a 50 mm diameter custom block. Hoist height of 14 meters.
The mx 10 is way oversize , as I was only using a 10 mm spectra halyard.
I figured that the larger shackle with the smaller rope
would induce less friction.
It worked fine and i'm happy with my choice. Its worth keeping in mind that if your main has a headboard with pressed insert you may be battling for space between the top of the headboard and the halyard, as the whole shackle rocks back slightly through friction as you hoist. A webbed on ring for the headboard leaves plenty of room. Also the physical height of the shackle is less than the block it replaced, giving me a slightly higher hoist height.
The wichard shackle is so simple its pretty hard to stuff up. I would go this route