Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Leaky strut bladders - stability or safety?
- Thanks Chris. I did not realize jelly fishing was due
to partially deflated bladders. I had some
jellyfishing in some light winds, but come to think of
it that was prior to replacing the leading edge
bladder and it probably was partially deflated.
--- Chris Glazier <cglazier@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, George Sarris
> <jakefarley2000@y...> wrote:
> > ..My question is "Is there any problem with
> > deflated struts?" I know one problem would be in
> > water launching but are there any other things..
> It is amazing how well a kite can fly with
> underinflated bladders in
> light or moderate wind. On more than one occasion my
> strut or my
> leading edge has lost all air and I was still able
> to kite back to
> But as soon as the wind gets strong you will be in
> real trouble.
> Even a single underinflated strut can cause wild
> jelly fishing
> action (throbbing like a beating heart) of the whole
> kite. The first
> time this happened to me I couldn't figure out why
> my kite was going
> In extremely overpowering condtions your whole kite
> will jellyfish
> (undulate) uncontrollably when the wind force
> overcomes the leading
> edge air pressure that is supposed to hold the kite
> shape. The
> firmer your leading edge, the more extreme wind you
> can survive.
> Chris Glazier
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