Has anyone gone and bought the new shackles from West Marine
I just picked up a 1/2" shackle to fit my anchor rode
and frankly, I'm frightened. The amount of metal is far less than the metal that my original shackle had. It's much thinner in areas such as:
*the threads/loops that hold the pin in place
*the straight areas between those "loops" that hold the pin and the main, large arcing section directly across from the pin
The pin itself seems to be of a similar size.
The shackle is made in China
and seems to have that very poor quality metal I found in my chinese genset, chinese meat grinder, etc...
I wonder where the voids are in this thing?
Frankly, I'm scared to death to bet everything I own in my entire life on this little piece of junk.
This is a SeaFit shackle, West Marine's 1/2" galvanized model. My last shackle was made in Italy
and was made of some absolutly beautiful, high carbon steel
. When I cut it with the angle grinder, it was a nice, deep blue in side. Pity I had to cut it at all. The pin was frozen in.
I paid $7 for this new one. I'd gladly pay $50 for a real one, but West Marine
only carries this garbage.
Does anyone know where I can find one made of quality metal? Are there suppliers of marine hardware
out there that make higher quality hardware
that people have used and like?
Thanks for any info. I'm going to bet the farm on this shackle only for our trip up North. After that... I need to order a real shackle.