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    Ronstan snap shackles – A more affordable alternative to a sailing staple?

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    Hailing from Australia, Ronstan have been developing hardware for sailors since 1953. The Triggersnap shackles are the latest shackle range in their extensive catalogue of deck hardware solutions and Ronstans own take on snap shackles.

    Best Sailing Boat Blocks in 2021

    Sailboat Mastbase blocks

     

    In this blog we take a quick look at what is new and/or interesting in the sailing block world in 2021.

    Choosing the right shackle – Where do I start?

    Soft solution for shackles

     

    Many shackles and connectors are functionally very similar, so it can be difficult to know exactly what shackle is best for each application. That’s why we have put together this blog to walk you through all of the types of shackles available at upfront.com and tips on where to use them.

    Sailboat Hardware Soft Attachments – Fad or Paradigm Shift?

    Morf Block soft block attachments

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    There is an increasing trend towards soft attachment of sailing hardware and rigging i.e. using a lashing or soft loop, however they are not a catch-all solution. In this article we look at the benefits and some caveats around the use of soft attachments plus discuss where metal fixings are still the right option.

    Soft solutions vs. Tylaska’s Snap Shackle – Which comes out on top?

    Tylaska Snap Shackle

    Image Credit: Ronstan

    Here at upffront.com, it’s no secret that we favour soft solutions. Although this has sometimes been controversial – would you trust Dyneema®with your lifelines? – when it comes to soft connectors, we couldn’t be more onboard.

    Lash Thimbles – What are they, and how do I use them?


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    Lash thimble, ferrule, rope thimble, bobbin or low friction ring…
    Whatever you call them, there’s no denying they are the perfect (low cost!) solution for a multitude of applications.

    We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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