Here is something I changed that was potentially dangerous for me.
For the life of me?? I cannot figure why I hooked back-to-front on the Blue side ..twice in one day? Unlike my other kites where the bridle ends are quite far apart, these ends layout nearly side by side when you are ready to connect the lines. I self-launch, so I almost always hook up my lines from out the back of the kite - the Red bar end to the right. (upside down)
The front bridle lines are all Black on both sides .. but the factory puts Blue ends on both blacks bridles .. and Red ends for both
the Red and Blue steering lines. You would have thought Red/ Blue on the blue side was obvious. Yet, I cross rigged them? I cannot explain why I did this?! There is some process in my brain that somehow disconnects the red ended blue from the blue? (there used to be a good rule: only
attach front or backs first
.. then the other two.)
But I fixed the shit out of it this time. I only had small black line -fronts are the most important- so I made up matching heavy, dynema Gray pigtails. I also fixed something that made me nervous - those teeny knobs at the exact
ends of the blue attachment points. Larks heads are great, but I want to be damn sure they have something solid to choke.
...and now that I have two extra bits of blue at-the-ready, I will take the red end off the Starboard (blue) bride and make it match the rest so I have proper Red - Gray/Gray - Blue.
I was lucky I caught it both times. (most people who have a friend helping launch them would have seen this as soon as they tightened the lines off the water.. You do wait to see, no?) Rather, I set up in a wind shadow behind a point and simply drag the kite into quiet water, walking over to the wind. Both times, the kite -still on the water- looked odd?
The first time I thought it was because I did something wrong with my new EPIC bar/line set, so I switched to the Genetrix bar. I modified the Epic to match the the Genetrix bar including a full depower, sliding front line. Being alone most of the time, I do not like kites that 60% depower, so the Epic Screamer is now a 5-line kite with another bar. The Epic bar has the sliding stopper I like for kites that come with heavier bar pressure.