helium in Mossie 9+ ! ! !
- As promised long ago I tried it a couple weeks back but forgot to
post the outcome - it was that unspectacular. I got a party ballon
tank at Sam's Club for about $25. this bought me a gas grill-sized
tank and nozzle and a bunch of balloons. The tank was plenty to fill
all the bags in the kite with He to spare. this was NOT enough to
actually float the kite. Wind got up to low teens, plenty of wind
for the 9+. I stuck with a directional cause of shore break hassles.
Anyway, I really didn't see much difference in how the kite flew. It
didn't luff or stall, but the wind was steady and that isn't usually
a problem for me anyway. So it was pretty hard to say whether the
helium was really helping matters any. the bottom line was, whatever
the helium may have done was far less than the normal variability
from wind, board, etc. I did it as a lark without any real
expectations. Don't waste time with this.