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 Post subject: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:01 am 
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Friendly reminder to: CHECK ALL YOUR SHACKLES! I pulled into Harmony Inn last night and notice my bridle wires were hanging down from each hull with only the U shape of the shackle still on one. What's missing? Forestay adjuster, 3 quick pins, a snap shackle. I realize how close I must have been to de-masting on the water yesterday if it was able to fall off while driving. This is the one shackle I never thought to check and re-tighten because I never touch it during normal operations. I can handle the loss of parts better than a falling mast and consider myself lucky. Just finished a 2 hr drive of shame looking for it with my hazard lights on with no luck, could still be hiding in a mud puddle along the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:58 am 
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Everyone should have a pair of these:
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One to wear and one in the toolbox, of course!
(And no, you can't order these anymore for $3.95 - this is a 1974 ad - she would need a much longer lanyard now :wink: )


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 Post subject: Re: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:31 am 
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I agree with that but it doesn't matter that I have one, I just didn't look. All my fault no doubt!! I'm even the dumba** that carries a drill and big rivet gun, swagging tools and cables and lots of other stuff..... in my trailer box. Just didn't check it.
Now 3 weeks ago I helped a girl step her mast and as she was pinning the forestay, I looked down and realized the mast had come 1/2 way off the base while going up. I don't know how it didn't fall down while doing so. The mast had broken off at each of the two rivets. I was able to get it back in place and drilled new holes but that was close.

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 Post subject: Re: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:18 pm 
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Use blue loctite on shackles that you don't normally remove.

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 Post subject: Re: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:29 pm 
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Great advice SM, done! Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:07 pm 
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+ safety wire.

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 Post subject: Re: Loose shackles
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:24 pm 
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she would need a much longer lanyard now


Too funny!

$7.99 now... shipping and tax not included.

Hobie beats the average inflation rate over this period!

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$3.95 in 1974 had the same buying power as $19.63 in 2013.
Annual inflation over this period was 4.20%.


I guess I should raise the price? :)

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