Originally Posted by MedicineMan
OK I just placed an order for shackles amonst other things from Opie--woohoo.
But tell me this...I do plan on using the shackles to support my hammock with me in it...no problems right?
Originally Posted by gargoyle
The knot needs to be exactly on top of the buried tails? And is this duty rated for a guy my size?
I used one made from 7/64 while I was up in Escanaba. Granted I only used it one nite, but it held fine. Gargoyle.. dude.. make one out of DG and let me know how it goes!!! I think youll be OK with the 7/64 though.
My testing, although highly redneck and unscientific because I dont have access to the machine right now, showed the weak point is the inside of the knot. Right where it should be. The knot held fine. I was able to pull a John Deere 850 tractor around the inside of a building at work with the tractor in gear and brake set hitched up to a JD Gator with the soft shackle as a link between the two. It held fine with a static load, but when I put some slack in the chain and then gave it a good tug, the soft shackle failed. I hit it pretty hard, though. Other than a different stopper, this is how the soft shackle is made by marine houses that sell them. They use a chinese stopper knot.
Gargoyle... The reason I place the knot over the buried tails is it eliminate neededing to lock the first bury, the long one. If there is nothing to lock that bury, you could inadvertenly pull it out when you open the lock. It will hold fine under tension, but you could pull it out.
Im using the last knot in this vid as my stopper. Apparently its got several different names... Some call it a double overhand, blood knot, barrel knot. The guy doing the demo calls it an admiralty (sp) stopper.