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Allen Keyball Trapeze System

by Allen Brothers 27 Oct 2014 15:52 GMT 27 October 2014
Allen Keyball Trapeze System © Allen Brothers

For many years the development team at Allen were keen to design a trapeze system that improves the safety of the sport and reduces the risk of entrapment by the traditional hook-on trapeze harness.

Designer Julian Bethwaite had also been thinking along the same lines and had produced a prototype of the keyball trapeze system.

In conjunction with Bethwaite Design, Allen have developed the concept into a sleek and innovative design, eliminating the hook altogether to create a safe intuitive solution that really works.

The Solution

A streamline design with no hook to get tangled or cause damage to the hull of your boat.

Buckle - manufactured from two parts to allow for easy changing of the backplate, to suit different trapeze harness designs.

Ball and Guide - manufactured in 3 parts to enable the ball to be flexible, which helps with articulation.

The ball and guide is manufactured from solid aluminium in three parts:

  • A solid aluminium guide with an integral rope-friendly thimble for attachment to the trapeze lines via a height adjustable rope system
  • A flexible section joining the ball to the guide enabling articulation
  • A solid aluminium ball for smooth and secure location
The buckle is manufactured from two parts and bolted securely together:
  • A 3D moulded keyhole with a wide opening guides the ball securely into place when trapezing whilst easily releasing when required
  • A stainless steel back-plate in either narrow or spreader format allow for easy changing to suit different designs of harness