[ksurf] Re: Landing a foil, reinforce the brake tabs.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, georgeiw@a... wrote:
> I have seen this on other foil kites and it is a good point to sew
the tabs on with reinforcement. It also seems like a good idea to
sew right to the bottom edge where you have both the top and bottom
layers to take the force. This can easily be done with a machine or
by hand in less than 10 minutes.
The brake tabs on the Vector are sewn into the TE seam. There are
plenty of layers of fabric but I think it is not mechanically a very
It is better to open the seams in the bottom surface of the kite and
sew the tabs in there (the same as the other bridle attachment
points) with some repair tape patches inside as reinforcing and load
spreaders. It is very much stronger and I have not had a failure
since I have done this. The seam is flat and very easy to sew with a
normal sewing machine.