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I have recently purchased some nice 9' deltas, and was trying to figure out if I should some me some golfball kite tees, or if there are some affordable options out there? I got a couple of really nice stakes from FWW, but at $15 each I would be investing quite a bit as I have 5 large deltas AND a couple of flow-forms and a sled as well. I fly on the beach 95% of the time, so security in the sand is key.
How about line sets? I have quite a few kites I have purchased that came with line sets, but the hoops are real small. I would like to find decent hoops that are built well, come in colors (I was going to categorize line weight by color) and are cost effective. (I am looking for about 10 of these so far.
Can someone tell me how I can actively manage the connecting point of the single line? Once you wind them up, how do you lock in the end of the line to prevent it from coming unraveled in the kite back?
Another question. I was out yesterday, and since the beach was empty I wanted to put up a few things. At one point I had 6 kites up a once, but as the wind shifted things started moving and getting wrapped up in each other... comedy ensured as kites, tubes and tails all got wrapped up.
My question is... when putting up a bunch of kites and trying to get them relatively close to each other (for picture purposes, etc) is there a thought process into how you lay it out? I was thinking of laying out anchor points in 'rows' based on flight characteristics. For example, Deltas fly higher than flow forms so I would put the delta up, then walk 50yds away downwind and put up a flow form. My thought is that if the wind drops I can prevent something flying 'lower' from dropping on top of the line of a higher flyer. (Is any of this making sense?)
I am also thinking that kites that fly higher I want to fly on a longer length of line for altitude purposes.
I now have about 30 SLK's and a HQ 4.0 on the way, looking at a nice Gomberg Skyform 250 for my personal xmas gift to join my Premier 36 Sled and ITW UltraFoil 30.
Has anyone ordered one of the 125/214 flowforms? With AirAffairs no longer producing their Suttons, other than Gomberg, FWW seems to be the only non-custom source. If purchased, my questions would be related to material, construction, durability after flights and of course flight stability.
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