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We have a box trailer with a winch set up. It has a series of guides which include Doug Le Roc's line tension gauge, the line then runs onto a capstan then on a drum. The line feeds onto the drum at low pressure and is layered on by a line guide. It is powered by a 1.5 HP electric motor controlled for speed and direction. This year we had a disc brake we could shoot away on with the electric motor free wheeling and this worked really well to get the kite into the air and up fast. It was all powered with a petrol generator. This also supplied power for the lap top and the kettle for a cup of tea. Long day some times.
Dyneema is very light for it strength and weighs around 0.5 kg per kilometer for 1mm line. Our line is under 1 mm probably around 0.7 mm and so the weight of 12 km of line is roughly 5 kg. The limiting factor is line drag, that is the wind acting on the line hanging from the kite. Mike
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