I live in Arizona and do a fair amount of kitesurfing in nearby
northern Mexico where it's pretty HOT lots of the time. I repaired a
spot on my Mosquito a year ago with some ripstop tape from West
Marine...cost a few bucks a roll. This stuff sticks well and is not
gummy. Seems pretty tough. Not saying this is the best stuff as I
wouldn't have any idea, but I can tell you that it has worked out well
Interesting your ARC experience in the lighter winds. When I am in the
lightest conditions what has worked best for me is applying tension to
the rear lines during the kite's downstroke when I'm "sining" it, but
sheet all the way out when it's on the upstroke. For me, too much
tension on the upstroke makes my ARCs want to stall in real light wind.
I am using a bar with the rear lines attached while the front lines are
directly connected to my harness.
Good luck with your repairs and have fun,
--- In kitesurf@y..., "Roy Payne" <roy.payne@b...> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Small hole in my ARC840 - wondering if anyone has suggestions on repair.
> (Think it was damaged by shell/oyster rock)
> Have heard of the 'stick on' clear patch - does anyone in hot areas have
> problems with the glue letting go? A VERY small area of an original glued &
> stitched seam on my ARC has 'come unstuck' the glue has gone all gummy but
> wont re stick it's only a very small area but made me wonder about the stick
> on repairs possibly coming off.
> BTW Love the ARC but it took me a while to realise you have to give the rear
> lines a fair bit of tension to give power in the lower wind ranges. With the
> rear lines loose in these conditions I could not seem to generate much power
> even though the kite was flying well.
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