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#1 George Hackett

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:10 AM

i might want to buy me some christmas gifts for the boat?!!

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:01 AM

George,

Wichard has a couple of options based on size:


• Titanium "trigger" type shackles #52653 and #52657

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We have both in stock.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

Why titanium?

The newish wichard speedlink is a better product, lighter and cheaper than the ti ones pictured above.
But the ti ones give you + 10 cool boat points!

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:14 PM

Call me old but I can't help but still call those Sparcraft's..

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:13 PM

Call me old but I can't help but still call those Sparcraft's..


+1

#6 Trevor B

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:03 PM

Do the Wichards work as well as the Tylaskas?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

Call me old but I can't help but still call those Sparcraft's..


Credit goes to Tylaska for continuing to maintain and improve the quality of the Sparcraft product.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:06 PM

Do the Wichards work as well as the Tylaskas?


i have always preferred Tylaskas but i dont have a lot to objectively say why. They just seem a little tougher, a little smoother, and a little better... but functionally, if well maintained, theres probably not a lot of difference. i havent opened a Wichard under load, though. I do know that Tylaska stands behind the product - after a bunch were stolen by a bad employee they put a notice out on SA to anyone that bought them to send them back so they could be tested - as the employee took them before that part of the line. They didnt charge anyone, just wanted to make sure everything was good.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:58 AM


Call me old but I can't help but still call those Sparcraft's..


Credit goes to Tylaska for continuing to maintain and improve the quality of the Sparcraft product.


True that and more,

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:58 PM

Caveat emptor.

When you buy cheap titanium parts from an unrecognised source, you might also want to borrow a cheap Geiger counter too. Some years ago an outfit in Europe started marketing really cheap titanium shackles, as they'd bought a bunch of scrap titanium from a country to the "East."

Turned out the material was from a decommissioned Soviet nuclear submarine. Didn't quite 'glow in the dark' - but not too healthy to be close to for long.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:18 AM

The shackles suggested are made by Wichard, which I guess everyone is familiar with. I don't think quality is an issue here more than following the safe working load of the shackles and if they fit the application.

The have proven to be very good and they do have a very similar design to the Tylaska and even more to the Sparcraft, but without the trouble of the small opening trigger on the side.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:00 AM

If they are for halyards, won't the harder titanium grind down the stainless steel rings in the head of your sails?

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

The obverse to the benefits of a nice light shacke, and one minor downside is that if you have a stripped halyard and a Ti snapshackle, then it's quite possible for the weight of the coverto be enough to sky the halyard if you (accidentally) let go when it's not clipped to anything. DAMHIKT.

#14 mike_new

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

TI is illegal under most rules ....

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:45 AM

TI is illegal under most rules ....

Not true. I have sailed on a multitude of big boats that use various peices of titanium gear. Many carbon sails use titanium rings to eleminate the electrolsis problem.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

An old IOR boat I ran had a 90 hp diesel swinging an 18" Maxprop on a 5/8" Titanium shaft.. Glad it wasn't a Martec is all I can say.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

Is it light weight and strength you are after?

Do this, be compliant, and have some fun making them, and lighter than titanium. (Also, make nice key chains....)
http://youtu.be/jH66tGsWv_Y

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

I vaguely recall someone giving me a very compelling reason why titanium shackles were NOT so great to be using....

I don't recall, but was it endurance/fatigue vs stainless?? Or corrosion??

Anyone?

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:50 AM

In the late 90's a boat owners wife went to russia and found some titanium snap shackles that were great for spin sheets. Super light and really durable. They also cost her about 4 pounds each. We were very upset she didn't buy a 100 of them so we could make a ton of cash. We were always a little suspicious about the source of the titanium and its health benefits.

Titanium has always had the reliability issue that it doesn't deform, just massively fails with no warning signs and was therefore banned by ORC regs for use in stanchions. I do not ever remember it being banned by any rule as other components.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:08 AM

IF there's any truth to the story above about "hot" shackles then maybe it was a good thing she didn't buy more :ph34r:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

think about how much easier it would be to see what you are doing on the foredeck with the shackles giving off an eerie green sperm killing glow! plus it could warm your hands up on those cold 3am jib peels...

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

think about how much easier it would be to see what you are doing on the foredeck with the shackles giving off an eerie green sperm killing glow! plus it could warm your hands up on those cold 3am jib peels...

AND keep from knocking up the owner's daughters.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

think about how much easier it would be to see what you are doing on the foredeck with the shackles giving off an eerie green sperm killing glow! plus it could warm your hands up on those cold 3am jib peels...


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:18 PM


think about how much easier it would be to see what you are doing on the foredeck with the shackles giving off an eerie green sperm killing glow! plus it could warm your hands up on those cold 3am jib peels...


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