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landing a gin marabou

Postby neilhapgood » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:07 pm

hi all,

I have a 12m soul and have just picked up a 4m marabou, I haven't used it yet.

In terms of launching and landing will it be the same process as the soul, launch with some sand on trailing edge in middle of window and backstall through window to land?

I'll be on a foil so not using it in crazy winds?

Also do you need to take more care with the bridles when packing away, being a smaller lighter kite being used in more wind than the 12m is there more chance of the kite flapping about on the beach and tangling the bridles, I don't usually leave the bar connected?


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Re: landing a gin marabou

Postby RalfsB » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:11 pm

Yes, the process of launching and landing is the same.

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Re: landing a gin marabou

Postby geokite » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:23 pm

I land all my Marabous the same, just back them down the window. If I have a wind shadow, I'll aim for that. They stay on the ground much easier than typical dual skin foils.

As for bridles, they tend to tangle. That thin spectra just is prone to it. I do not leave the bar attached. You can just attach the bridles under the trailing edge velcro and roll it up. I pack mine away nicely when I get the chance; folding from the tips to keep the LE battens flat, until I get to about 3 cells from the center. Then just accordion the rest. This is all very hard to do on sand, with wind. I do this in my garage, or on grass.

With a large foil, I find the wind range of the 4m to be about 15-20mph. Maybe a lower low end.

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Re: landing a gin marabou

Postby Slappysan » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:28 pm

I have a Peak 4 not a Gin but I find it's difficult to backstall land it unless it's really light wind.

Instead I put it at the edge of the window and pull the lower front line and it falls on it's back:
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Re: landing a gin marabou

Postby Adventure Logs » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:41 pm

Also the only SS I have flown is the Peak4 3m, but I find using an anchor, it sits on it's side really well and is easy to walk up the lines that way.
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Re: landing a gin marabou

Postby slowboat » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:07 pm

With the Peak 4 you can just take to edge of window and immediately slack lines COMPLETELY (I run a few steps toward kite) and it will just drop and sit on the ground.
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