Abednego marine toggles are the easiest, safest, and quickest way to shut a loop or connect two lines. While knots weaken all sorts of line, they especially weaken modern high-modulus lines like Dyneema and Vectran. But with the proper techniques, these newer super-strong lines provide a reliable and inexpensive way to reduce weight, obviate worries about corrosion in the metal fixtures they replace, and above all to simplify.
While toggles have been around for hundreds of years, their use was largely forgotten for some time by the mainstream yachting community, and when 12-strand Dyneema began to become popular, several sorts of soft shackles involding a sliding loop and a diamond knot sprang onto the scene. These are very useful in that they have no metal parts, but their biggest failing is the awkwardness of sliding the loop back to fit it over the knot, then having to milk it back shut. That makes them impractical for, say, a jib halyard shackle that gets taken off a lot. Of course, they’re diffficult enough in fine weather, but on wet or icy lines, in the dark of night, they’re absolute misery.
With a toggle in use, the loop that must go over the toggle is fixed—it has no need to slide or adjust. As long as the loop is made so that the toggle has to be gently pushed through, there’s no chance of the loop coming undone even with severe flogging. Best of all, it can be undone by feel, in the dark, in the cold, in the wet, underwater….you get the picture.
Some will ask, is this not a dogbone connector? Well, we can only answer that long before some clever marketer thought of calling a toggle a dogbone, it was known in the sailing world as a toggle. We are not claiming by a clever name to have invented something new—we freely admit that almost everything that works on boats was invented ages and ages ago: we are only updating ancient technology for use with amazing modern materials. So now all these old things—selvagees and toggled loops and deadeyes and belaying pins and rope-stropped blocks—are supercharged in their usefulness.
How then is toggle from Abednego Marine better than all the other ‘dogbones’ out there? For one, it’s far more affordable than others if compared by working loads. Second, it’s machined from super strong “Aircraft Aluminum” (7075), rather than the softer and weaker 6061 alloy. So a smaller toggle gives a far greater strength, without the weight and expense of stainless steel. Third, instead of relying on little lanyards, keeper lines, gimcrack concentric grooves, or worse yet huge ungainly ears outboard to keep things together, it relies on a simple, time-tested single groove to splice the line around. Fourth, the plain black hard-coat anozided finish may not be as gaudy as other colors but it’s the hardest, most durable coating you can put on aluminum. Besides, doesn’t black go with everything?
Once you discover the dozens of uses for toggles around your boat, you’ll find that you can never have too many. Thanks to Abednego Marine, where old meets new is tomorrow’s cutting edge. It’s good to be here.