I picked up an intriguing new product at the Islamorada Invitational 2005,
the Turbolauncher. I am looking forward to trying it out particularly in
tighter setup areas and those with snags in the setup zone, like much of the
Florida Keys (e.g. coral boulders, plants, lights, posts, etc.). You still
need to walk offshore to develop an adequate downwind buffer to launch but
it should allow skipping some of the snags and hassle during setup.
The Turbolauncher website ( http://kitelauncher.com/
) listed the following
"Their are many advantages to the new Turbolauncher to help get you out
there enjoying the wind and waves quicker.
Safety launching system-ensures quick,tangle free line run-out
An effective and safe kite launching system for use from shallow water,
beaches that are to small to set up your lines or rocky, sharp areas that
may affect you by catching on your lines. This is the time to use the
Line management system-keeps lines tangle free with easy to use line
Line storage system-safely stores lines in "ready to go" mode all the time,
giving you Turbolaunch time when you get to the beach!
SIMPLY CONNECT YOUR LINES AND GO!"
More info and setup photos appear at:
What experiences have folks had using the Turbolauncher?