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Tylaska Marine Hardware
Tylaska Marine Hardware

Tylaska Marine Hardware is an American manufacturer of high quality marine hardware for the sailing and marine industry. Their products include Snap Shackles, Halyard Shackles, J-Locks, and Fids. They have hardware for every sailboat whether it is a small one design, a mid-size racing or cruising boat, to a 100 foot ocean cruiser. Tylaska shackles provide discriminating sailors with the ultimate in strength, performance and durability.

The original Tylaska shackle evolved from a need to build a quick release mechanism for detaching towed gliders from behind power boats. At the bequest of interested sailors, the design quickly transformed into its present configuration now popular with the sailing industry. Over the years, several other products followed to complement the initial snap shackle. All of the shackles and their components are made in Connecticut by Tylaska’s team of dedicated workers.

Tylaska shackles are designed to be the best possible product based upon physics rather than economics. Many extra and exotic processes are used to differentiate the Tylaska shackle from a “normal” piece of hardware. First, every structural part is run through a procedure called hipping (high isostatic pressurization), which is a process normally only reserved for spacecraft and critical aerospace parts. This consists of heating the component to near melting point in a vessel containing inert gas. The gas is then pressurized and the softened component is squeezed and compressed to seal and collapse any underlying void or imperfection. The result is a very dense and uniform material similar to a wrought or forged component, but in a shape or configuration impossible with forging. Next, heat treating is done in a vacuum furnace to eliminate any chance of contamination. Several testing processes are implemented such as Zyglo and Magniflux’s to identify any microscopic surface flaws or cracks that could go unseen by the unaided eye. Each component is then run through a salt corrosion test to identify any contamination or chance for staining and finally, ultrasonically cleaned. Each and every snap shackle is tension pulled to 50% of its breaking strength and also released under load. This is not a random statistical process, every single snap shackle is pull tested and verified as to holding the stated working load. After proof testing, the shackle is hand buffed and then cleaned again. Finally, one last thorough hand inspection is done on each item to verify that nothing is left unchecked.

The result is a shackle that could pass as a piece of jewellery and exceeded the specifications for a part used in the space shuttle. Tylaska shackles are not the least expensive, but they are quite possibly the best. Some people may call it overkill but we call it security and peace of mind for applications where failure is not an option.