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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:21 am

Ive done both because the kites were put together differently, makes no real difference in the end.

Some kites work way better than others. My current 6m is a two strut down from four and its pretty much flawless. You can't see any down sides when its in the air. The only possible negative with that ( and any kite you take all the struts off) is that they don't sit clam shell on the beach very well, and threaten to lift the LE and fly away if you don't weigh them down.

Have stripped 4 kites now and so far so good. Went overboard on one and might have ruined it. It looks like a perforated page of stamps when backlit. Lesson learned, won't take off EVERYTHING possible in the future, just the easy stuff.
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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby joekitetime » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:43 pm

Hi there. After reading your posts I thought about converting my 7m Wainman, circa 2011 or so. Test #1 - I flew the kite with all struts deflated on a light to medium powered day. To my disbelief there was no detectable difference in how the kite flew. (couldn't self launch which I may be able to figure out. Self landing was a piece of cake. And have no idea how I'd relaunch the kite in the water if/when I drop it). But, otherwise, test #1 was a success.

Now I'm trying to decide if removing the struts and lightening up the kite will offer more benefits than negatives. I'll think on that today...

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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:33 pm

I've since foiled with my Wainman Gypsy (6.25m) circa 2013. It works great. The kite itself flies a bit different from the clouds I am used to, but that's not due to strut removal. I had no problem self launching like I did when testing, likely because there was plenty of wind and it just filled the canopy as soon as I began self launching. ( I drag the kite around into position on grass ) The kite relaunched without issue, but it just touched down and the canopy never got wet. Overall it works just great and I regret taking off all the bumpers. It really does look less trustworthy, but whatever, live and learn. I would have never sold that kite on so it was a good candidate. I'm going to fix the slow leak at the inflate valve and use it close to shore until it proves me right and blows up on the first really hard crash. Could be years from now. Overall, I'm pleased with the four kites I've stripped, but at the same time it has shown me just how great Boardriding Maui Clouds really are. They are by far the nicer kite to foil with.

The wainman, has virtually no flapping, its more that it sits so deep in the window and is slow to initiate turns compared to the Clouds.
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