Recently, I have replaced the stainless-steel rings with medium-size carabiner (Pelican) clips. These carabiner clips are large enough to allow the kite clips to pass through them but small enough to hold the kite clips close to the boat when deploying the kites. And the carabiner clips allow you to get the kite lines out of the clip easily, which reduces friction on the kite line when you start to retrieve the kite. Also, the ability to detach the kite lines from the outriggers allows you to move the kite rod and reel around the cockpit while the kite is in the air or while fighting a fish.
Capt. Jason "Tiny" Walcott
West Palm Beach, Florida_