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Boat Maintenance Tips

Blog articles on looking after and improving your dinghy, keelboat, or SUP, including articles showing how to repair or fix issues.

How to - Make a Soft Shackle with a Dog Bone

By Steve Cockerill 7th February 2021

With a 6 or 7 Dogbone you can quickly create some super smart soft shackles that are safe, secure and very easy to undo when required.   In this case I had planned to use a Harken 18mm  T2 Soft AttachBlock for the clew of my outhaul.  It is a very light and strong block and has an open centre which makes this all possible.    What you need: 40cm of 2mm Spectwelve  1 x 6 or 7 DogBone Harken 18mm T2 Soft Attach Block Rooster Easysplice needle fid/ or 2/3 pull fid (the cheaper option) 3mm push fid Rooster Serrated Scissors or a...

Continuous Control Lines Made Simple with EasySplice

How to splice your new continuous control lines using Rooster EasySplice
By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020