Re: WATERFOIL ?
I have thought about doing just that - extending the lines. Did you
replace all 4 lines (2 main & 2 brake), or did you extend the
lines? Like you mentioned, I think it will help me keep the kite in
the power zone longer to help me get up easier and more often.
--- In email@example.com, "David Purdy" <tpurdy1@g...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Guillaume LEMAIRE"
> <guillaume.lemaire1@f...> wrote:
> > Hello
> > I have just arrived on this mailing list and I had like to know
> what do you
> > think about the Waterfoil.
> > In fact, I will buy one but I don't know which configuration is
> lines 3
> > lines ...) is the better ?
> > Guillaume
> I have the 5.7 waterfoil and here is my input. Don't fly it with
> less than 3 lines unless you can guarantee that someone will always
> be there when you return to shore.
> The kite fills up quite nicely with air and does not deflate, thus
> landing with 2 lines unless you can get it hung up or caught by
> someone is very risky.
> In my experience, if there is sufficient wind, the kite is 100%
> relaunchable. I prefer to let it roll on its side and scoot over
> the side of the window before taking off.
> In my mind, four lines is the best as you can launch the kite
> deflated and control the kite. I don't believe you could do this
> with three lines. Also, four lines makes the kite turn a whole lot
> easier. I fly with a home made Advance IO bar and have considered
> the PL back harness but never got around to using it. I did like
> flying with handles since I felt I could feel the kite better but I
> think it becomes what you are used to.
> The kite came with 25meter lines but I have gone to 40 meter lines.
> this has helped me quite a bit as it gives me some more time to
> up out of the water and get going. This is because I tend to fly a
> little under powered as I am a relative beginner.
> The kite is difficult to deflate but I have found that it has
> loosened up some with use and some air will get out if you just put
> your board and wet suit on top for awhile. I also carry a 3' piece
> of 2" abs plastic pipe which I put into valve to help it deflate.
> think that some velcro opennings in the trailing edge of the cells
> with vales would be very helpful in deflating or getting out some
> the sand which creeps in occasionally. PL says to vaccum out but
> that seems like a big hassle.
> There are some small valves near the wing tip and if water does get
> into the kite they will open. You can also pinch them and open
> up as this is where air will spill out of if you are in a hurry.
> One more thought, there is a lot of bridle line. You need to be
> patient at times and pick out all the kinks.
> All in all not the perfect kite (but what is?) but good to learn on
> and the price is very reasonable.
> Good luck,
> David Purdy