Sounds good, but I'd hate to have to add another flying line.
----- Original Message -----
From: Suntrax <Suntrax@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2002 6:27 AM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Line lengths/Leash
> I had kitesurfer in the shop yesterday who told me about a leash system he
> uses. He apparently saw it on another guys kite who intends patenting it
> It consists of a 5th line, from a spring clip(suppose you could also use a
> QR here) on the harness, to a small cleat on the bar, to the kite. On the
> kite he has two webbing straps, each about 15cm adjacent to the centre of
> the leading edge, wrapping around the bladder casing with double patches
> the dacron top and bottom.(They could possibly pass through the kite at
> point and reduce the patching) These are attached in such a way that when
> the bladders are inflated the pull is against the back of the bladder
> casing, reducing the stress on the flat dacron.The webings each have a
> ring at the front to which is attached a short bridal joining about 1m
> the kite. There he attaches the 5th line.
> When wanting to land, or quickly depower the kite, he lets the bar go and
> the 5th line then tensions the kite much the same as holding it in the
> middle by hand, the kite then gently floats to ground dead downwind and
> happily on the ground, or water. Because there is then no pull on the kite
> the bar only goes a short distance up the centre line and is easily
> Then, he uses the same system to water relaunch the kite, according to him
> very successfully.
> He claims the main benefit is the gentle landing of the kite and stability
> when on the ground, even in strong wind and the ease of water relaunching
> Am not sure of the function of the cleat on the bar, we didn't get that
> What do you think?.
> Brian Wilson
> Tel/fax 027 21 5560044
> cell; 0824656696
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mel <kitebord@...>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2002 9:06 AM
> Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Line lengths..
> > Mike Soultanian <msoultan@...> wrote:
> > > Someone suggested that instead of attaching the leash to
> > > one of the rear lines, hook it to a center line instead...
> > > However, if you've got the leash attached to a front line, wouldn't it
> > > depower the kite just like being in the chicken loop? Any reasons why
> > > this would be a bad idea?
> > Not that I know of, in fact I think the general consensus is that
> > front line is best. If set up properly, it depowers the kite much more
> > the trim loop. The key is that you're attaching the leash to ONE front
> > (the trim loop attaches to both).
> > Mel
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