I made a fid from a metal rod that I had laying around and worked up a few soft shackles.
|Top to bottom: better 8", better 5", better 5", normal 5"|
|The same after using a hot knife to trim|
I am keeping all the original stainless shackles in my repair kit in the boat. I know Dyneema has amazing strength properties, but having a backup is a good thing.
Unfortunately, today is not a great sailing day. Tomorrow may be better.
I'm looking forward to the Red Lantern Rally 2016 at Mystery Bay July 9-10.
Update: Also see my post on soft padeyes. I put 4 of them under each side of the cabin top and more of them in each well under the hatches. The toy hammocks that hang there work well for storing objects up off the bottom of the hull.