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Title: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: Dano on March 29, 2009, 09:23 PM
I've spent quite a bit of time with the parafoil 7.5 but am looking for something a bit more capable of keeping airborne with the brief lulls in the breezes where i float. Relaunching after a drop takes quite a bit of time to get it up again.

I've heard a sled might be a better way to go.

Anyone been there, done that?

(i've got no rudder, so an SLK is my only option)

Thanks,
-dano


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: SKITCH on March 29, 2009, 09:45 PM
HIt up Thief for that one.  Besides kites and legless dogs...he's pretty deep into Kayaking!   ;)

Thief????


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: thief on March 30, 2009, 06:16 AM
get yo-self a Kayakite made by NewTech....best one i have found and used!!!! designed by Phillip McConachie.....it is a good sized sled with a good packaging system for the deck....

down wind runs are great.....there will only be slipping sideways if the wind shifts perpendicular to the boat.....

make sure you carry a knife.......


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: Dano on March 30, 2009, 12:17 PM
Thanks Rob,

I'll give that one a look.

edit: I just looked. That thing is cool! I'm calling on Steve now to get me one.  :P


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: RobB on March 30, 2009, 03:01 PM
Hey there...

I've used a Power Sled 24 to power my 17' canoe. What a BLAST ! Even with 3 people and a full cooler onboard, we were easily going 5+ knots in a 15mph breeze.

~Rob.




Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: Dano on April 07, 2009, 09:25 PM
I received my new Kayakite today, ordered from Gone With The Wind.

This thing is COOL!
Now I just need it to warm up a bit, so i can get out and give it a try.
Pics will come... asap



Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: Dano on June 01, 2009, 08:21 PM
This kite has proven to be quite a step up from the parafoil!
I finally got it out this last weekend. It was Awesome!

I forgot to hookup a caribeaner to get my towpoint out in front like i like it, and i think i'll hook up the the supplied drogue about 10' down from the kite next time to get it more into the power zone, because it didn't want to slide up the line as i thought it would.


(http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/45254/2883150940101590267S500x500Q85.jpg)


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: normofthenorth on July 10, 2009, 12:02 PM
Looks good! But I don't understand why you need a rudder to benefit from 2 strings. If you want to be pulled 10 or 50 degrees offline from straight downwind, you're stuck with a SLK, but you can do that with a 2-stringer. OK, you still can't go 90 degrees to the wind or upwind (as you could with a rudder and some kind of "edging" like a lee-board), but isn't something better than nothing?


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: Dano on July 10, 2009, 10:02 PM
2 strings (or Lines) require 2 hands.

Without a rudder, the paddle in my lap is needed to correct my heading.

Only having 2 hands are better than nothing"


Title: Re: A Foil for Kayaking?
Post by: normofthenorth on July 26, 2009, 11:18 AM
You need a bar, with one line on each end. They even make a model or two with a reel in the middle (Reel-bar?), so you can reel a kite in and out while keeping it under control. I even built one, but it's not heavy-duty enough to give you much kayak speed. Handy for flying 2-stringers off a boat, though. . .