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Re: Virtual assistant to launch foil kite in very high winds

Postby papasmerf » Sun Jan 07, 2024 3:29 pm

funalex wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2024 8:44 pm
The line run through little dyneema loop, some are glued on the tent pol, some stay on the kite itself.

for the moment, the release system is just a larkhead knot... but it doesn't stay undertension very well... I must improve it with another idea to release ... for exemple, attaching the release system to the board... I don't know, any idea is welcome.
always nice to see new ideas!
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Re: Virtual assistant to launch foil kite in very high winds

Postby Hardwater Kiter » Tue Feb 13, 2024 4:52 pm

Smeagle wrote:
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Fri Jan 05, 2024 2:26 pm
Foil kites have been around for decades and they've only gotten easier to handle.
I guess you don't know the Kestrel ;) It's great to handle when filled, but launch is a little different and more difficult sadly. Don't get me wrong, I love it. I just say it has some handling issues with launching, especially in higher wind.

But even if we get to other foil kites: Launching a foil kite in winds above 30 knots, not matter which size, is risky and not easy at all.

Correct, I don't fly Kestrels. And I agree at 30kts+ things are different. But you play to the kite's strengths. The top end on the Kestrel 6m is 30kts but I fly the 7m R1 in 30+ inland winds and it behaves well if flown with respect, its a hell of a lot of fun and well-mannered on the ground or in my case, ice/snow. This said, the fly surfer Peak 5 4m in 30+ is less dangerous and less stressful. And the 2.5m is a ton of fun to fly in 40+. It's a matter of the right kite for the conditions, needs, and skillset.

I do not doubt that the Kestrel is a beast to deal with in 30kts. But for the money, I don't think we can expect it to handle and behave like a kite that costs 3x as much.

This said there are kites that cost a lot more that I hate when on the ground. The original Ozone Hyperlink, ALWAYS became a mess on the ground in high shifty winds. Loved it in the air, hated landing it for any length of time.

But my original point was that foil kites in general, are not difficult to manage even in high winds. At least not in my experience. From what I've witnessed, most issues with high-wind foil launches are due to pilot error and lack of experience. People out trying to learn without someone who knows what to do in certain circumstances to tell them what are usually simple actions, if you know about them. Again, IME

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Re: Virtual assistant to launch foil kite in very high winds

Postby funalex » Tue Feb 13, 2024 8:20 pm

Hardwater Kiter wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2024 4:52 pm
The top end on the Kestrel 6m is 30kts
:lol:
30 knots is the kestrel 12m top end

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Re: Virtual assistant to launch foil kite in very high winds

Postby Smeagle » Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:49 pm

Hardwater Kiter wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2024 4:52 pm
I do not doubt that the Kestrel is a beast to deal with in 30kts. But for the money, I don't think we can expect it to handle and behave like a kite that costs 3x as much.
Maybe I was not clear enough, high end is great on Kestrel, ONLY the LAUNCH is a little different and more difficult. You need to practice a while to get it right, even when you have lots of foil kites experience.

BUT after launch, when it is filled, it handles BETTER than most "expensive brands" I tried!

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