Brian: I'm a little late to the conversation, but only the four primary lines (front/backs)
should be the same length ( find a very strong nail and rig your harness to make sure they
are.. generally, you'll want the bar about centered on the depower line with them all equal
.. and switch your backs for the fronts if there are ANY nicks/abrasions/knots on the
The 5th attachment should be at the front edge of the kite. In the old days when we made
our own, we tied them off anywhere we could - with lesser results. The line coming off
the kite is - specific to the kite - so you can move the bar/lineset over to another kite
without the 5th line from the bar being too long/short. The knots are there to
accomidate adjustments. The elastic is also there so you do not tension the line as you
pull the bar back - that's a modern improvement to us made-our-own types. You do not
want the 5th to tighten as you pull in the bar for full power - because that will depower it.
(A good way to wait out a gust is to grab a handfull of 5th to pull the nose over a 'little' to
spill some pressure.) Use the knots to allow the 5th line to slack off ..maybe 6" but not
too much as it will wander around.
A 5th line can save your ass. New people don't know about size/wind speed and can get
their butts kicked when the wind kicks up. Double the velocity = 4X the power. ..10mph
headed to 20 can kill you on a 16. If you are in a place where it's gusty, a 5th line can
hold a lot of tension when you drop the kite for safety - wear gloves if it's gusty - because
a thin line under tension can easily cut your hands.
In light air, the 5th can make a kite launchable whereas the old 4-lines would never come
off the water. It will pull it flat on the water so you can grab the rear line and guide the
kite over to the edge for relaunch.
j i m
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Brian Anderson <rockhopper25@...> wrote:
> Hi Jon
> Thank you so much for the advice and help I really
> apreciate it.
> You have answered more than I originaly asked which is
> great but now I have another question if you can help
> You said that all lines should be the same length,
> currently they are but the 5th line is connecting to a
> line that is fastened to the centre leading edge which
> is about 6 ft long with several knots at different
> stages therefore making it very saggy.
> Should I have this extra line or should the 5th line
> be fastened right up to the leading edge?
> Regards Brian
> PS. I hope you dont mind me asking all these questions
> --- netcmdd <jon@...> wrote:
> > Brian:
> > Do NOT give up on the 5th line, the safety and
> > relaunch make it
> > something I require in a kite and I don't feel safe
> > without it.
> > Regarding slack in the 5th line (this is mostly for
> > North kites, check
> > your OEM website to confirm for others):
> > * There will be some slack when the depower strap
> > is sheeted in since
> > you've shortened the front lines. This is normal. In
> > an 06 North
> > kite+bar, there is no bungee so the slack is even
> > more visible. It's ok.
> > * Try to ensure the 5th line doesn't get too
> > twisted around the front
> > lines when you rig (untwist it). A couple twists is
> > ok, but when you
> > start doing spins, too many in one direction can
> > make it tight.
> > See this video to understand how to tune and check
> > your line lengths:
> > [hint: they should all be the same length]
> > 5th line relaunch is super easy. Get kite LE down,
> > downwind. If it's
> > LE up, pull one side of lines to get it to spin kite
> > and turn LE down.
> > Grab two armfuls of 5th line to pitch kite back 45
> > degrees and pull
> > bar to one side. (DO NOT flip the kite on its back
> > -- taco -- this
> > isn't good). This makes it taxi to the side of the
> > window. Let out 5th
> > line as it gets to the side of window so it gets a
> > bit more power.
> > Once to the side, it should be wing up. Keep pulling
> > bar and when it's
> > about to launch let out all 5th line. It should now
> > launch so steer it
> > like an assisted launch.
> > To relaunch with leading edge facing you:
> > Trick is to ensure the lines do not slide over the
> > back of the kite
> > and "invert" it.
> > To prevent this, pull 5th line (or all 4 lines) at
> > the same time to
> > get the kite toward you and create slack in the
> > lines. With the slack
> > in the lines, pull on the steering line on the side
> > of the kite that
> > is most likely not to slide up over the kite (you
> > can see one set of
> > lines along the canopy the other under the leading
> > edge. Since the
> > ones under the leading edge won't slide over the
> > kite, pull these).
> > The kite will spin, starting to turn
> > leading-edge-down-away-from-you
> > and start to fill with air as normal relaunch. At
> > this point, relaunch
> > as you would with LE down (pull 5th, steer to one
> > side, get to edge,
> > takeoff).
> > Self landing in Sherman Channel at Little Baja
> > (DANGER):
> > I had to do this a while back cause I couldn't go
> > upwind and I'm kite
> > addicted bad. It was WAY easier than it sounds in
> > 25mph on 12m. Be
> > careful, this is a dangerous location to try to get
> > out if you can't
> > stay upwind on after I did it, (and being lofted 3
> > times in the
> > channel pretty well) I decided I probably shouldn't
> > have tried it at all.
> > You can play the 5th line to the other lines to get
> > the kite off the
> > water and drop it on top of the levee as you
> > approach (Don B.
> > explained this in more detail to me, very useful).
> > So, you hit the
> > chickenloop release, let go of the bar and kite
> > crashes. You start
> > self rescue, wind 5th line slack onto the bar (to
> > make sure the kite
> > is depowered as you approach the bar, wind lines,
> > etc. very
> > important). As you get near the rocks, pull more 5th
> > line. This sends
> > the kite into the air since the LE gets pulled
> > toward you and the kite
> > is upside down -- kite still has no power. Get it
> > over the rocks as
> > you drift downwind. As it gets over the grass, let
> > some 5th out (or
> > pull side lines a bit to get kite down) and it will
> > drop on the grass.
> > TOTALLY AMAZING Wink.
> > --- In email@example.com, "rockhopper25"
> > <rockhopper25@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi guys I am a complete newby to kitesurfing I
> > have just bought my
> > > first equipment which comprises of a Naish boxer
> > 12 mtr kite and a
> > > Naish 5th line bar. The equipment is second hand.
> > >
> > > I have been watching other people and from what I
> > have seen the 5th
> > > line seems to be made of a line going straight up
> > to the leading edge
> > > of the kite and connecting via a series of knots
> > at different levels.
> > >
> > > On my bar the 5th line is made up from a line
> > connected to a piece of
> > > bungee cord then another line which goes up to the
> > leading edge and
> > > connects to another line with the knots. The kite
> > seems to fly ok but
> > > the line is very loose and hangs a lot.
> > >
> > > I have asked a few people about this on the beach
> > but I can never get
> > > any sense from them they just tell me if it flys
> > its ok.
> > >
> > > Is it normal to have a 5th line made from kite
> > line and elastic
> > > bungee and should it be hanging or tight.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me with
> > this.
> > >
> > > Regards Brian
> > >
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