Kristan wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:43 pm
Flyboy wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:16 pm
LOL! All these suggestions do not take into account the particular circumstances of the launch ... which is what make a hot launch desirable in the first place!
The launch site is up on a "cliff" (about 15 feet high) with sometimes inconsistent wind reaching the area. The ground surface is long (growing longer as the summer progresses) grass & small shrubs (growing larger as the summer progresses). The grass is a nuisance, the shrubs a hazard, as a line catching on them can "steer" the kite during launching. Hot launching would allow lines to be straight to the kite avoiding the shrubs & then pulling the kite straight up into the air. Once in the air the wind is somewhat less turbulent higher up so keeping it in the air while I negotiate the "cliff" is easier.
The obvious answer is a foil kite, which is why I am considering a Peak4. However, I'm curious if anyone has developed a system for hot launching a tube kite. On a beach I would be able to load sand on the trailing edge & that would probably work (we are talking about lighter, foiling wind here), not possible at my location.
I still see no problem or contradictions to my method, since I used it to launch my kite with a lot of other parked kites that are obstacle to normal self launch. All you need is narrow space to stretch the lines for hot launch and that's it.
The problem is it's not on a beach
, it's in a field with long grass & shrubs. Any slack in the lines, or pulling the kite onto its side can result in the lines wrapping around a bush, also the grass & bushes may prevent the kite from rotating in the desired way. Tether launching is a more reasonable possibility, but the problem is that the wind is inconsistent at ground level & the kite may not even sit up reliably i the tether position. The advantage of a hot launch is that you can pull the kite into the air with the front lines using apparent wind. Once it is higher up there is more consistent wind.
Drift launching is a possibility, but often the area close to shore at water level is in a wind shadow & the water gets deep quickly. Swimming the kite out into deeper with a foil is not that easy ... & the wind may be light enough that water launching may be iffy. Also ... the shoreline is unfriendly if you get pulled downwind!
All things considered, the hot launch offers the simplest, most reliable way of getting the kite in the air & keeping it there. So a foil kite like the Peak4 is the obvious solution. Just wondering if anyone has come up with a method of anchoring a LEI in the hot launch position before take-off.
Again, I wouldn't bother if there were other good options for launch sites nearby ... but there aren't.