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 on: April 16, 2014, 09:24 AM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by MtnFlyer
IIRC Dacron is a Dupont brand name but has kind of become a generic term, like Kleenex for facial tissues.

I use braided dacron (no cap Wink  ) for my SLKs. As mentioned, it will stretch and absorb gusts and is easier to work with than thinner Spectra. You said larger deltas -- I use 500 pound for my 19 footers, 300 for 16s, 100-200 for ~10s, etc. Look at the manufacturers rating for the kite, adjust for the wind speed, and go from there.

I should also say that dacron's also lots less expensive that spectra.

Hope that helps.

 on: April 16, 2014, 04:16 AM 
Started by kite_pilot - Last post by Captainbob
The Prism forum used to be a very active place with a great community of Prism fans as well always keen to help a new person enter the sport not sure how active it is now.
I notice that the forum is in archive now , no further postings, a shame. Dean Parssons (Groundeffect) was very active on the forum and helped me greatly in the early yeas,  I've tried to contact him a few times in recent years without any success..


Prism has a Facebook page, and I posted on there a few months ago about the forum and the fact a person couldn't even sign up anymore.  Someone from Prism, replied that he was now responsible for the forum, and would have that issue fixed. They took it down for about a month, and when it came back up, it was in archive mode, and it still is. I think they have no interest in reactivating the forum, which I would bet, has some effect on their sales.

 on: April 16, 2014, 04:09 AM 
Started by Jorge Gouverneur - Last post by Captainbob
Lived in Hollywood Florida for 10 years, right on the beach.. I miss those warm breezes.

 on: April 15, 2014, 10:17 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by hawkerhunter
The copy I got from Mike some years ago played OK in the UK. In any event they will play through a computer.

 on: April 15, 2014, 09:36 PM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by goestoeleven
Just be careful, and don't forget the gloves.  Like an idiot, I put up an 8 foot rok at a festival last year because I was going to do some KAP, and I hadn't anchored it well first because I planned to hand fly and walk it down the beach.  Unfortunately, my gloves were just out of reach . . . . and I could barely hold the line and keep it from playing out as there was more wind than I thought when I was setting it up.  I was lucky and didn't lose any skin, and managed to bring the kite back down with some help. 

I was at another event last year, and a medium size kite (not mine) broke free of the anchor in a gust.  The owner chased it down, but lost skin off a couple fingers through line burns when he grabbed it without gloves (to avoid having it end up in Lake Michigan). 

 on: April 15, 2014, 09:29 PM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by goestoeleven
Ditto the comment on skipping kevlar (at least if you ever fly around others). 

And . . . I believe Dacron is a type or brand name of polyester.  I'd recommend braided dacron line for an SLK.

How big is big?  The size of the kite determines what strength you need.  I usually fly my 19ft deltas on 500lb braided dacron.

 on: April 15, 2014, 07:27 PM 
Started by Jorge Gouverneur - Last post by Jorge Gouverneur
Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

Drive down to Florida... We have great weather here to fly

 on: April 15, 2014, 06:48 PM 
Started by Jorge Gouverneur - Last post by trigger
Drove down 94 to gary,IN... Saw 6 cars in the ditch and a turned over semi this morning.  We got a dusting, they got 4 inches!

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 on: April 15, 2014, 05:12 PM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by tcope
Friends don't let friends fly with Kevlar.

I'd recommend polyester line for single line kites (don't use twisted line). Poly does have some stretch which is what you want for SLKs. This way the line absorbs gusts by stretching a little and then returns back. So it acts as a type spring.

 on: April 15, 2014, 04:50 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Captainbob
I found the Prism DVD for $9.99 plus shipping today.  Much cheaper than the $30 they want, it just doesn't have a booklet with it. [urlDirect links to nonsponsor companies are not allowed-thief/url]

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