I use the soft shackles to attach mooring and centre ropes to the rope eyes. I've only snapped one, a front fender had dropped down and caught on a lock gate, ping! They can be used anywhere you would use a shackle or carabiner, roughly twice as strong as the braid they are made from. An answer to "what do you want for christmas/birthday?" a set of fids please.
Good thinking, if the fender and the shackle you would have used instead had not broken, it would have potentially added up to a much bigger issue.
I like soft shackles on the jib clew since it is always possible that the snap-shackle sometimes used instead can smack you in the face when tacking. Which would be quite painful.
Not a big fan of fenders on canal boats generally but a stern one is sensible to look after the rudder.
when I first got Sabina she had a bumkin but when rebuilding I didn't replace it.
Never needed it on the coast and estuary but since working her through some of these Northern waterways and mixing it with other working or ex working boats I have been nervous for my rudder a few times ...... but it would have to be a truly ginormous fender to be of any help
dogless: Yes thanks John ... no milk or sugar, but a nice biccy
Mar 31, 2020 12:27:19 GMT
loddon: Thanks for the confirmation, I am thinking of changing tablets because of the cough but maybe I wont
Mar 31, 2020 13:07:45 GMT
JohnV: There are other drugs but I haven't found the side effects with Ramipril to be bad, it seems to just make my throat a bit more sensitive so things that might have just tickled my throat and make me want to clear it now make me cough.
Mar 31, 2020 13:58:31 GMT
loddon: The cough is the only one I get from ramipril, although the combinatins of drugs I am on has interesting effects.
Apr 1, 2020 15:56:47 GMT