With all the new studies coming out from agencies like the NTSB, the faithful bowline knot is not as reliable as the industry understood. All new results are showing a high strength loss with age of the towline, we as an industry are being encouraged by the towline companies and agencies to go to a spliced eye in the line to connect a parasail, but this would make it difficult when changing the parasail from size to size.
So we have been working with the towline companies to develop the Parasail Quick Link (also known as the Parasail Soft Shackle), this is custom built for parasailing with Polyester fibers. The quick link allow easy connection between the parasail and towline, this turns out be quicker than tying a bowline knot. With testing the quick link it has shown to have lower strength loss over use.
A quick link can be used for up to 500 fight rotations, currently we have two strength available:
White Quick Link to be used with parasail sizes 33′ to 42′, tested breaking load 4900 lbs. (+/- 250 lbs.). This equivalent strength of a bowline tied in a towline of 7000 lbs. in strength.
PQL-BK-300x247Black Quick Link to be used with parasail sizes 21′ to 32′, tested breaking load 3800 lbs. (+/- 250 lbs.). This equivalent strength of a bowline tied in a towline of 5000 lbs. in strength.