Tylaska Marine & Aerospace is the premium manufacturer of highly finished specialty
hardware used in the marine, industrial and aerospace fields.
Tylaska is dedicated to meeting or exceeding expectations and maintains an
ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D certified quality management system to meet the stringent
requirements of our aerospace, marine and military customers.
The original Tylaska trigger-snap shackle evolved from a need to build a quick release
mechanism for detaching towed gliders from behind power boats. 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 trigger-snap
shackle. All of the shackles and their components are made in Connecticut by Tylaska’s
team of dedicated workers. Everything is made in the USA; Tylaska is one of the last
manufacturers able to make this claim.
Unlike many other manufacturers, Tylaska pursues a different product mission. Instead
of looking for ways to cut corners and skimp on quality, Tylaska shackles are aimed to
be the best possible product made based upon physics and not economics.
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.
Next, heat treating is done in vacuum furnace to eliminate any chance of contamination.
Each component is then run through a salt corrosion test to identify any contamination
or chance for staining and ultrasonically cleaned afterwards.
Next, 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.
Tylaska shackles are not the least expensive, and they’re quite possibly the best.