Here is a series of pictures, showing a modification to the standard Wichard swivel shackle. The 3/4 inch thin-walled PVC, with a slice of one inch PVC glued onto it, acts like a push-away "mushroom" release, and seems to work very well, in a number of ways. It is easy to snap the shackle shut using only one hand, and the shackle slides OK on the rope. The PVC part does not interfere with anything and slides along the rope without bumping into anything that might push on it and make it release. The swivel of the shackle works without interference, when untwisting lines, and can be easiy reached to manualy rotate the swivel. The spring in the shackle is just the right strength to keep the shackle locked, and gives adequate resistance, when the released is pushed. The 3/4 inch PVC pipe slides easily, and the notches keep it aligned properly. It is easy to rinse off, as the water flows through the hardware and takes the sand with it.
Of course, the goal of this thread is not to present this tinkered up device as a finished product to be used, but the goal is to show that a device designed along these lines might be a marketable addition to our activity and might be a useful substitute for a chicken loop and hook arrangement for a sizable group of kiters.
Until such a device is properly designed and tested, and offered for sale... many of us will have to go on "tinkering" with "off-the-shelf" hardware, hoping to come up with some good ideas, and demonstrate to the industry, the feasability of such a design.
Note the closeness of the spreader bar to the kite bar, when the kitebar is pulled all the way in, giving an easy-to-reach long "throw", helpful to short-armed kiters, or to kiters with "long throw" kites. If a ring were fastened to the center of the spreader bar, the "throw" could be extended even further.
I need to dig-up my Wichard , to measure the distance, but
what size bolt did you use that activates the spring, and replaces the stock pull cord ?
I'm going to build that devise ; looks better than just using the open shackle, (like i did)
because now Ya don't need to worry about where the release handle is.
it was a Pull system ; it could be mounted permanently to my Dynabar V-7 , and
(i'll probably do exactly that) .
Doing it that way, now i got a secondary release from the stock V-7 spreader-bar ,
(i use the Cord, Not the solid bar that screws in the spreader pad).
The V-7 spreader bar cord, will fit right into the base
of the Wichard-shackle, and it's smooth enough to not wear-out the cord !!
I can figure a way to put the V-7 pulley, back on ----later ? The pulley gives
really smooth action.
What to do with the extra travel ; all my balance is from sheeting, because
i don't have real feet, and i already tested this type system, and it works well
Thanks for the Great idea ; when Ya come up with a better one, i'll try it !!!