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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby Regis-de-giens » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:27 pm

Vas
It inspire me to find a method to self-launch the kite. Would that work if you take care ? (Interested on my narrow rocky beach ...

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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby edt » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:56 am

There are plenty of videos on how to self launch your kite. You can not use a method for self landing to self launch. Typically when I have a sketch launch I place the kite right at the water's edge and swim out. You can put a blanket out to lay the kite on. Once you are in the water, tug the closest center line so that the kite enters the water then finish with a regular water launch. I'll typically do this sort of launch if there's no room for a tethered launch. Anyway that's another topic and there are many many different good self launch methods.

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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby faklord » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:15 am

edt wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:56 am
.... You can not use a method for self landing to self launch.
Maybe in some cases you can?

A post from 'airsail' on page 2 of viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2408145&p=1116530#p1116530

"Lower front line is the only way with a Cloud or UFO, they just won’t drop if you pull the top front line and just blow away being so light.
Self launch can cause issues too, but starting them on their back seems to work well."

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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby Regis-de-giens » Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:56 pm

edt wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:56 am
There are plenty of videos on how to self launch your kite. You can not use a method for self landing to self launch. Typically when I have a sketch launch I place the kite right at the water's edge and swim out. You can put a blanket out to lay the kite on. Once you are in the water, tug the closest center line so that the kite enters the water then finish with a regular water launch. I'll typically do this sort of launch if there's no room for a tethered launch. Anyway that's another topic and there are many many different good self launch methods.
Not possible on my beach :
- round stones
- waves when using a LEI
- perturbed wind due to buildings, so water relaunch hasardous in wave foames
- to deep at 3m away from coast, hence waves break on only 2 meters before the coast.

Classic tether launch like on sand is not possible.

Thank you anyway, i may try to convert your landing method

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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby edt » Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:47 pm

Sounds like some of my sketchy launches. Good luck!

Also now that I have thought about it for a bit maybe this is a great idea. I've never tried my land method to launch but maybe it could work

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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby Javawalker » Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:06 am

Ok with light wind...
Strong wind up to 20 knts i trust the 5th line of my torch :)
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Re: how to self land using the lower center line method

Postby Herman » Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:21 am

A 5th can be a really good launching tool and the short flagging distance required is a real bonus. However I find you do have to move about a lot so it might not be suitable for tight rocky launches. Using the lower front line, if you judge it correctly, you should be able to place the kite and just walk straight back just upwind of the edge of the wind window. This judgement and laying your lines so they don’t tangle as the flag length to the bar is run through the hands might be the tricky bit. A rock hopper penguin could probably do it!!


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