Using a 2013 IDS Vector? - good choice, if it works the same as this 2012 Switchblade IDS.nothing2seehere wrote:Launching
I'd want to make sure I had rigged up before. Attaching lines on the boat seems like the bit it could go wrong.
Hi guys thanks a lot for you help!!!. I will be exploring each. First with edt, wich line would you pull if the kite wants to launch?. The flag line on the leash?... thanks again!!edt wrote:everyone has a different technique in drift launching so keep trying them out until you find one that suits you. my technique is this, jump into the water with my kite bar & board. Then get on top of the leading edge so that water sloshes on top of the canopy. Get a few gallons on it. This water will be between the middle strut and the leading edge and force that part of the canopy down. This water will act like an anchor and slow the kite down. Now unwind your lines and let the kite drift downstream. Sometimes the kite will turn around that's ok, swim downwind and go with the kite to release tension that will prevent the kite from relaunching and prevent it from powering up. I never hook into the chicken loop until the kite is completely ready. Also I never let tension get into the lines as I drift launch. Not necessarily better or worse just the way I do it. If it's not under tension then if something goes wrong I grab a line on the kite and haul it in without me being connected to it. if you have flotation it makes it a lot easier to do a drift launch because swimming is just one more thing you are having to take care of. One more thing, with a smaller boat you might be able to dump water on top of the kite without having to jump off it. Your results may vary. Everyone else has a different way to do it and your technique will depend on what your boat is like. When I have a boat and two or three people it's easier. Someone can swim out into the water with the kite and hold it in a U position as you unwind the lines.
I try never to pull lines to stop a kite from launching. If the kite rotates first of all I drift downwind with the kite spilling as much power and continue to unwind the lines. If this works right then I just launch as normal. If the kite rotates and pulls hard I give up. I pull a single center line, go the kite swim back and try again. I don't like pulling lines to control the kite while I am unwrapping lines. I mean I only have two hands right? How can you unwrap if you are controlling the kite and also swimming I don't know how you can do that. We have a lot of seaweed trees underwater all kinds of stuff here so the chances that a center line gets wrapped around a rear line from seaweed because I'm dicking around try to save a bad launch is extremely high, then you get a powered kiteloop have to release the kite entirely and go chase it down. So basically, dump water on the canopy, let the kite drift downwind, if it rotates let it rotate, continue to unwind and swim towards the kite. If it all goes perfectly fine. If at any point something goes wrong grab a single center line and start over from the beginning. And of course never hook in until the very end when you are sure it's all good! If you hook in while unwrapping lines then I don't know what you can do if the launch goes bad.chapinkite wrote:
Hi guys thanks a lot for you help!!!. I will be exploring each. First with edt, wich line would you pull if the kite wants to launch?. The flag line on the leash?... thanks again!!