Turbo Launcher methodology
- Turbo Launcher is pretty difficult to use; however, when everything is
right it is a wonderful device for difficult sites.
We have been using it for the school in the last month or so, I had only
1 tangle in the second tries and have been using it successfully 100%
You can use the TL in 2 modes: with the lines attached to the kite or
without the lines attached to the kite (pre-load the Launcher). Since
we have enough space to lay out our lines on the beach, we don't need to
use the pre-loaded way all the times.
I normally teach the students using the TL with the lines attached to
the kites. Following are the steps:
1- Sort out the lines and connect them to the kites
2- Put all the "junks" near the bar into the TL. Let the chicken
loop free and loose
3- Clip the 2 side straps around the bar to secure it tightly to the
TL. Let the chicken loop free and loose
4- Start rolling all the lines around the bar. Make sure you use as
much vertical space as possible and only roll the line from the back of
the TL to the front.
5- Leave just enough line so you can carry the kite into the water.
Put a half hitch to tighten the lines on the TL and secure it with the
3rd straps on the TL
6- Carry the kite into the water
7- Turn the kite over and "open it up" (same position as if the kite
is flying straight over head) to check for any tangle (in the lines or
8- Hook into the chicken loop and drop the kite face down into water
(same position as when you put the kite down on land) with you upwind of
9- Unclip the 3rd strap, undo the half-hitch and walk back while the
kite is drifting away slowly (there is little pull from the kite when it
is in that position).
10- Hold the 4 lines while the lines are released to keep some even
light tension on the 4 lines to prevent the kite to turn around (which
will then generates lots of pull)
11- Release the 2 side straps from the bar near the end (most
beginners forgot this step and may get tangle near the bar).
12- When all the lines have been released, grab the bar and give it a
strong pull/shake. The TL will be released from the bar and lines and
dropped on the water
13- Grab the TL and tie it to your harness or a floaty on the water
14- Pull on one of the back line to turn the kite around and
water-launch the kite
Note that you can practice these steps on land many times without ever
having to walk into the water (just carry the kite a few steps away and
continue with step # 7 on land). In this case, the kite will not drift
away but you can walk/run back to release the lines. Do it on land
until you get 100% successful rate at least 3 consecutive times.
The pre-loaded method is similar except that you roll the lines in the
TL before connecting to the kite. More info of the pre-loaded method is
at the TL web site.