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Re: Water launching Sonics, any success?

Postby Horst Sergio » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:34 am

As somebody has linked this old topic,

I have also a link to a new version also with video of how to launch in the water:

http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=197&t=2394369

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Re: Water launching Sonics, any success?

Postby early bird2 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:16 pm

Thanks a lot for this explanation . Only tried twice , first attempt I manage to fly the kite but second attempt , water got into the intake on one side and I had to stop everything and take the kite off the water very heavy ...
I'll try next time to inflate the kite way more . I'm a little nervous since I don't have all the safety space required downwind . Concrete wall wait for me ...

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Re: Water launching Sonics, any success?

Postby Carlos_C » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:59 am

these work - use to inflate at sid eof boat
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yellowstone-Ba ... mp+battery

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Re: Water launching Sonics, any success?

Postby Horst Sergio » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:55 am

Hi early bird2, (nice name :wink: )

thanks and yes, degree of pre filling is very important:
In light wind as much as possible,
in strong wind with obstacles in lee sometimes better less.

But you can always create distance by (especially in light wind) swimming towards luv, to get more time for your launching maneuver. And the ability of the kite to release water via drainage is also very important. As I have seen you have an Ozone Hyperlink I will write about possible improvements for Ozone kites into this topic:

viewtopic.php?f=197&t=2396325&start=70

The conclusion is, even an Ozone Chrono V1 is able to drift launch, but it may take some improvments on the canopy and will take more time, wind and space, as you drift longer distance.

Bernd

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Re: Water launching Sonics, any success?

Postby early bird2 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:48 pm

Horst Sergio's , Thanks a lot for these tips .
I'm going to take a look at my Ozone V2 9 meters to see if I can do the modification you showed .

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Re: Water launching Sonics, any success?

Postby Gyre » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:14 pm

Thanks for these guides, Horst Sergio. I love the launching technique and I'm getting pretty good at it. Practice makes perfect. I think your kite folding tips are key to the success.

But the landing and packing up is still a mess. I find it pretty impossible to open the valves in the water without getting tangled in the lines, and even when I get the valves open, in the water it's nearly impossible to squeeze the air out of the kite and roll it up neatly. I always come in with a wet tangled mess. Any advice? I've done this with 21m Lotus, 15m Soul, and 12m Speed 2.

(Even if the packing is ugly, it's still worth it btw -- I just sort the kite out when I get home.)


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