If you were around in 2001 then you would also know why we got rid of the Wichard shackles. They don't work for kiting. The slightest slop in the shackle would cause it to self release, or the bail would catch on the lip and it would not release at all.
The various double-ball modifications to make it easy to trigger the release would be activated by water pressure and it would self-release.
Chicken loops are not perfect, but they are vastly superior to quick release shackles.
Good points, but a bit of redesign of a Wichard could solve all of those problems.
That was my point with my song lyric quote. We were stuffing around with these ideas along time ago. But yes a redesigned wichard maybe. Best to keep all options open for sure.
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I like building stuff too. The Wichard release takes very little force and it suits what the Wichard was designed for on yachts. For kitesurfing, if they increased the diameter of the steel spring just slightly, it would be a more suitable release force.
The photo on page 2 is of a Wichard clipped onto a reshaped Wichard 10mm ring. The ball release is very small and I could have just used a 6mm nylock nut instead.
A kitesurf version of the Wichard would be able to clip onto the 10mm ring without modifying the ring.
It would have a slightly stiffer spring and a moulded plastic shape for the push away release. They could reshape the part held by the spring to require almost full spring movement to release it under load.
The swivel would have a 6mm hole through it for a flagging line and there would be space between the swivel and the spring to allow that to work without snagging.
The swivelling end would be shaped to allow the flagging line to come straight to the swivel and would take a doubled power line around the side of the flagging line. It would be dome shaped to allow it to swivel if in contact with the control bar.
It would be longer, but they could probably make it lighter because it should only have to hold a couple of hundred kg.
They could beef up the hinge a little on the inside for clipping to a half ring spreader bar.