Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to use a SOAK Dogbone

These shackle alternatives are super simple, lightweight and easy to use. In the video below I will show you our preferred method for using the SOAK Dogbones. There are certainly other ways to use this clever invention but the method shown below is how we intend our custom rigging that utilizes the dogbone (like our J70 tackline) to be installed.

The best uses that we have found are for main halyard attachment, outhaul attachment, and spinnaker sheet and tackline attachment on boats under 27’. The dogbone comes in 3 sizes;  #8 for 1/8” line or smaller, #10 for 1/8”-3/16”line, and #12 for 3/16”-1/4”line.

The sky is the limit with these little gems and if you can think it up, we can probably make it for you. We have seen the dogbones used all over the place from reefing lines to attachment of running back turning blocks, to securing an outboard lead for jib reaching. Give us a call with your idea for using dogbones, and our customer service team and riggers will be happy to make you a solution that fits your needs. Enjoy!


  1. Ricky YoungbloodApril 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I want to use dogbones for spinnaker sheets. The line core is 5/32 spectra but some of my kites have rings with an inner diameter as great as 1.25". Can you recommend what dogbone size you use based on ID of the ring and not just line size?

  2. Hi Ricky - we would recommend the #10. It is made for 3 - 5mm line and has a LOA of 45 mm (approximately 1 3/4").