Alternative to Cotter Pins

Cotter pins are used to secure the turnbuckle from unscrewing. At the same time, cotter pins are great at snagging your sails, sheets, and flesh!

The quest to find the best method to secure your turnbuckle while also sparring your flesh has led to a lot of creativity and innovation.  

At a consignment shop, I saw these used turnbuckles for sale with a creative method of securing the screws and body.  


The wire wraps around the body of the turnbuckle and then passes through the hole in the screw.  

If you have turnbuckles, this method will help you neatly secure your standing rigging. If you have dead eyes, then you don’t have to worry about cotter pins and turnbuckles!