RE: [ksurf] Mastair - depowering
- Hi there,
The MastAir 12 i've got is like your 7 not a real beginners kite. It's a
nerve-wrecking thing in the beginning. So is your 7, but probably even a bit
more nervous then the 12.
Since it's still a great kite when you're used to it, take your time for it!
It took us some sessions to get it overhead a bit more relaxed. It takes
time (it took me some time) to get used to it.
Some tips: Try to get it overhead without depowering it too much. If you do
depower too much it will overfly! Try to get it running. So, get the kite
going on the side of the window, and depower it and you'll see it will pick
up speed, power, and it will get you going like hell!!! Then, when the
speeds there, try going upwind, and you'll see the kite will generate a LOT
of apparent wind and you won't bee needing any sining or tricks then. Just
Have fun kiting, whatever you fly!
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>Hi, I have justbought a mastair 7 kite.
>I got it to use in winds that are too high for my other kite (Wipika
>However having flown it in about 17-20 knots of wind I found it
>REALLY powerful and also difficult to control.The kite didnt seem
>very steady and totally by accident I got picked up over 3 metres and
>dumped back onto the ground, sore.
>I know these kites are supposed to be great, and when you can fly
>them, way better than LEI kites. But I was wondering how people who
>use them depower the kite, and is it possible to leave the kite at
>the edge of the window and not always be turning it across the window.
- Hi Guy,
Like mARC said it's not an easy kite at first and you really should
get used to in in less wind, if it's nervous and too powerfull. Make
sure the brake lines are the same length and haven't ridden up the
leaders, this can ruin the trim. I also found that putting another
knot lower in the depower and trying different trims worked.
The kite will have less power but be more stable except at zenith
where it'll tend to overfly as Mark said if you're using too much
depower or have shortened the depower too much even with the bar at
Mark where the knot is now so you can go back to the original
setting the make another knot about 3cm lower, which will also
shorten the top knot by about 4 cm as some rope is used in the
second knot. Try each knot in lighter wind to see which is best, the
rope is thick and you can move them always, remember that the kite
will fly further towards the edge of the window in light wind and
further back in stronger stuff with the same trim.
If you use the search function for "Mastair" there's loads of old
stuff on the forum.
Have fun and let us know how you get on.