Hi RickI! I understand your ambivalence towards the snap shackles and I have to tell you guys whether it is Wichard or Tylaska or any other snap shackle it was not designed as a safety QR
On the ACC boats eg trigger snaps
(compare snap shakle see pic above - msg from RickI) are used so that you can quickly reestablish spinaker/line/boom connection while changing a spi in flight or during spi maneouvers. All manipulation is supposed to be carried out in merely unloaded/partially loaded
Interestingly the trigger snap
is a more refined one than the side release snap shackle
because thank to the elbow geometry the load is being distributed to relieve that snapping part. I dont know tho if the trigger type shackle works good in KS.
Someone said on the forum (sorry I cant go back to his text or I ll lose this essay here
someone said that snap shackle was built so that it doesnt like to open when loaded - that is right!
As you may know on boats you learn to cherish simplicity and purpose over
variety and any multi-point-release-and-adjustment systems so that you dont end up pulling the wrong line instantly anihilating all you have achieved in years of hard work.
Shackles work optimally in sailing and so you have to assume their incompatibility with the needs of KS.
I am not recomending the use of any sailing type shackle in KS!
RickI, I appreciate your work very much and so I think that along with the general safety guide-lines and extinguishing single fires we need
a compressed gear safety
thing as well.
I know there are safety guidelines that you personally have contributed to.
That is why I suggest we draw some simple gear safety system guide-lines to fit all systems instead of having to permanently adapt to every little invention or improvement.
It seems inevitable to me.
Imagine eg a message-in-a-bottle gear safety tag
in every kite bar giving the beginner or switcher a few concise gear safety tips as opposed to the long general safety instructions that are stored online.
Unfortunately I am staying in a cold weather and have just one foil with me to be of great help developing that kind of approach now.
It seems there are many guys from FL on the forum. If I was there I`d try to get you guys together, ask Paul Menta for cooperation and support and work out a really compressed type of gear safety guide-lines.
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