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Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 8:21 am
by beginner
Hello advancers.
Do you always dry your kite after each practical ?
What can be with kite if i store them wet for longer time in bag? How long time i can keep them wet? Do you have experience ?
I know it's better to let him dry, but ... ..
Thank you.

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 8:28 am
by Toby
it will discolor, but the kite will be ok.
The kite companies print on the kite now the advice to pack it only when dry, otherwise it will discolor.
So whenever you drop it and it is wet, lay it down on the beach a while before you pack it.

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 10:47 am
by uipko
i think its even better to lay it out at home cause sun with salt will age your ripstop fast....

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 11:12 am
by Royce
I am positive ( from personal experience ) that both fresh water rinsing to get rid of the salt and letting the kite dry before putting it away will extend its life. In a perfect world we would all sail fresh water lakes at night an our kites would last forever....hey wait that sounds like the south pole in winter brrrrrrr.

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002 1:55 pm
by Guest
I find it best to store them dry always, but fresh watre rinsing is way over rrated. No need for it. Plus you stand to damage your kite doing freshwater rinses. I have damaged 2 kite this way. Once, a light wind push the kite across yard and almost into street. No big deal right? well, were the kite slid over concrete curb by street, it basically wore right thru the cloth. Other time, a stick in yard came thru sail when I accidently stepped down on canopy. Your yard is not where these kites were meant to be handled.

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2002 11:39 am
by Guest
I have on occasion packed a wet kite, expecting to bring it home and take it out and dry it.


I get home and I say, since I will go again tommorow, no really necessary to get into the trouble.

seems bacteria build up, wich I think may have some rotting power, cause I forget it for a couple of days (next day no wind) and it seriously WREAKS and gets moldy.

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2002 9:07 am
by murdoc
just pay attention with fresh water!
if you're kiting in lakes or while it's raining,
always dry the kite as fast as possible!

a salty, packed kite is no problem. it will discolor a bit and smell very very ugly.
but rinsed with fresh water, your kite may
[excuse my small vocabulary] start rotting away!

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2002 3:36 am
by cglazier
Sun and sand are your kites main enemies.

Dry your kite if you can to prevent mildew which is mainly a problem when you have been in fresh water. Never rinse your kite unless it is to get sand off. Even then, dry dand usually shakes off just fine. Salt water does NOT hurt kites.

Chris Glazier

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2002 8:02 am
by beginner
Thank you very much. Realy useful to know - specialy in our area where are bouth kind of waters.

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2002 9:58 am
by murdoc
yeh ... kitesurfing equipment's made for sea-water use ...

just try and don't drop it the last 30mins you're on the water :wink: