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by knot_moving
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Lightwind Kiting Options
Replies: 36
Views: 1167

Re: Lightwind Kiting Options

I can't say what the learning curve would be like after being away from kiting for a long while, It took me about 4 sessions (an hour-ish each and pretty separated in calendar) to being able to get up on the foil and have fun - not long runs but 50m or so at a time. Its been a much longer journey to...
by knot_moving
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 12 years kiting- pushed the button on first new kites today
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: 12 years kiting- pushed the button on first new kites today

MehYam wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:01 pm
My kite no longer casts a shadow.
Hahaha love that!! I'm still riding and loving my 2012(maybe 13) Cab Velocity but as you say the shadow is getting fainter and fainter
by knot_moving
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Should Toby start a crowdfunding to save KF?
Replies: 51
Views: 3371

Re: Should Toby start a crowdfunding to save KF?

My work email won't let me vote - but I am in for whatever way works best!
by knot_moving
Sat May 30, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wichard Snap Shackles - why so much $$$?!
Replies: 26
Views: 1487

Re: Wichard Snap Shackles - why so much $$$?!

Ok - anyone reading this thread will get the point - regular snap shackle is very very bad news. Wichard snap shakle can be made to work reliably with mods. Without it can release unexpectedly. Windigo1 uses regular cheap snap shackle with a chicken loop quick release too - its just a convenient way...
by knot_moving
Fri May 29, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wichard Snap Shackles - why so much $$$?!
Replies: 26
Views: 1487

Re: Wichard Snap Shackles - why so much $$$?!

This design was proven to be unsafe more than 15 years ago! Here's a pic! I only use it on the snow I had to release under load many times and I never had an issue maybe there are better ones but I have been happy with this one. If it breaks the kite will flag out and releasing has never been an is...
by knot_moving
Wed May 27, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Wichard Snap Shackles - why so much $$$?!
Replies: 26
Views: 1487

Re: Wichard Snap Shackles - why so much $$$?!

wichard is forged, most others are cast and as you say have springs and plungers that can corrode, jam with sand and generally misbehave. On boats I sail on we use the standard spinnaker snap shackles and at time they decide to be a pain to release - have to pull them very straight along pin axis & ...
by knot_moving
Mon May 11, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite falling in lulls
Replies: 31
Views: 2433

Re: Kite falling in lulls

With regard to keeping kite near 12. Or6 is right - in general you should be very careful in gusty and strong winds - keeping kite low. If you can’t hold the kite de powered and forward in the wind window low down near the water, then you likely have too big a kite up. When wind is very light you ha...
by knot_moving
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The real kite ranges
Replies: 23
Views: 1683

Re: The real kite ranges

This is not a new 12m kite - I am not expert but have been kiting for a long time. Weigh just a bit more.
I will not use my 13m velocity (of same vintage) until 16kts. When new & on a light wind board it was fun at 14kts.
by knot_moving
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: depower lines and splicing
Replies: 19
Views: 1515

Re: depower lines and splicing

The bungy stops the hollow core collapsing and improves cleat grip. You could add a different core in the cleating section of rope if you did not want the puckering! Faklord's input was on the money imho! PS If you want something nice on the hands you could also consider a covered line and just do ...
by knot_moving
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: depower lines and splicing
Replies: 19
Views: 1515

Re: depower lines and splicing

I see no need to splice 2 lines together. You can just use one length of dyneema. As edt points out, braided dyneema “doesn’t cleat the best”. This is partly because it is slippery but also because it squashes flat easily. A remedy to this is to thread a bit of line (eg 2mm) inside the dyneema, ove...

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