RE: [ksurfschool] Line length puzzle
- What you can do is to switch your lines every second day. IE.put your left
lines on the right side and right lines on left side. Most people tend to
have a strong side, and this should even out your lines.
From: mikeiacovidescy [mailto:mikeiacovides@...]
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 10:06 PM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Line length puzzle
I have the following problem :
Last summer I bought 2 ARX, each kite complete with lines+bar. So far
I've been using only one of the two bars and sets of (four) lines.
Today I thought it's time to start using the new lines+bar.
So I lay the 4 new lines on the beach, attach on the kite + new bar
and launch. But something was very wrong... the kite was responding
very sluggishly when fully powered-up and responding a bit better
when in the chicken loop and fully de-powered and even then the
response was not normal. While in the water I could clearly see that
everything was attached correctly: the middle (chicken loop) lines to
the LE, and the left and right leader lines at the back of the kite.
It was clearly a line length problem.
When I measured all the lines (4 old and 4 new - I measured the old
ones as well just to compare) I found the following differences !!!
26.49m (+9cm !!!) GreenBlack
26.53m (+4cm) Red
26.59m (+6cm !!) Green
26.74m (+6cm !!) RedBlack
27.02m (+28cm !!!!!!) Green
27.04m (+2cm) Red
I did the measuring twice so the lengths are correct (+/- 1cm).
One thing I should mention is that I did use the New lines once
before when I launched my ARX 7.5 in 35knots+ (I miscalculated the
wind...) and it took 2 people to put it down immediately (myself 62kg
and a friend 90kg pushing hard against it) so that 1st day the lines
took a lot of pressure.
Does anybody else have similar experience with his/hers lines
stretching so much, and what is your advice on what lines to use now
(without buying new ones)?
ps. I wanted to post this message also to the 'Kitesurf group', but I
think it's not working properly just now...?!
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