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 on: December 05, 2016, 04:33 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by dayhiker
+1 on the sand bags, never had any luck with spikes a the beach
Buy real climbing carabiners, seen too many cheap ones fail or twist to the point they need to be cut off.
a figure 8 is handy if your worried about putting line out on big pullers, it acts as a brake.
Lastly I like a climbing loop( also real, that way you know it wont break) and a spare biner make a good pull down rig. Clip it on the line and walk towards the kite. That way you can get the kite down and not have the spool under tension while wrapping it up. This also varies on how much pull the kites has too.
I was anxious to read responses to this topic as I am starting to add more larger SLK's to "The Hoard".  I was hoping climbing gear would be mentioned as I have used it several times.  Anchoring techniques used for rock climbing & vertical caving are critical.   You are literally betting not only your life on them but others as well.  It inspires thought & innovation.   Previously I have been flying my few large kites by hand only anchoring them when it was time to walk them down with a carabiner.  I have some rock climbing grade pulleys that I am going to start using as I am now venturing past 200 pound test lines.  Gloves will be a must also.  The figure eight idea is a good thought.  It would allow you to let out line smoothly with great control.  I may even use the old school rappel rack if going to 1,000 pound line in the future.  Mainly I would like to say that with a larger or harder pulling kite you should really consider not just a primary anchor but also a back up.  It is very sobering to ascend eighty feet out of a cave only to find out that your primary anchor has moved enough to put tension on the secondary.  Also plan ahead for the landing.  I have put up stacks of dualies on a narrow high tide beach only to realize I really could not fly to the side of the window & land.  I finally moved to a break in the dunes & was able to drop them in the slot.  SHBKF

 42 
 on: December 05, 2016, 04:32 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by asburyparkjohn
Yes the field is PERFECT.

Remember EACH trick is a break-through and you never lose it.

Learn the STALL first (i.e., fly straight down and stop it six feet above the ground until near perfect with the nose UP and then a two point landing with both LE's touching together) - then proceed ... at will. <BG>

JPL

 43 
 on: December 05, 2016, 04:29 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by Jsc2501
Colt State Park in Bristol RI. Right on Narragansett bay. It truly is a perfect place to fly.

 44 
 on: December 05, 2016, 03:37 PM 
Started by ZekeII - Last post by ZekeII
just wondered if anyone knew anything about it.  Ancient history I guess...

 45 
 on: December 05, 2016, 03:02 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by oldflyer
Nice flying - and a lovely looking flying field too

 46 
 on: December 05, 2016, 02:52 PM 
Started by ZekeII - Last post by thief
What sort of info would you like?
Local RI kite group long gone.......

 47 
 on: December 05, 2016, 02:51 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by thief
Another Easy secure sand anchor is a length of rope and a 2x4 a couple of feet long.
Drill a hole the size of the line in the middle of the wood. Tie rope though hole.... Dig big hole.. Bury wood with wood parallel to the beach surface and rope coming out of sand.
Attach flying line to rope from sand....

Very secure... Easy to store as well

 48 
 on: December 05, 2016, 02:42 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by DD
+1 on the sand bags, never had any luck with spikes a the beach
Buy real climbing carabiners, seen too many cheap ones fail or twist to the point they need to be cut off.
a figure 8 is handy if your worried about putting line out on big pullers, it acts as a brake.
Lastly I like a climbing loop( also real, that way you know it wont break) and a spare biner make a good pull down rig. Clip it on the line and walk towards the kite. That way you can get the kite down and not have the spool under tension while wrapping it up. This also varies on how much pull the kites has too.


 49 
 on: December 05, 2016, 02:39 PM 
Started by ZekeII - Last post by ZekeII
I bought a Fire Bee from Joe "Photo" Perron a few years ago with the inscription: "Best of Luck  N.S.K.C. '94, donated by Bob Keefe & The Windblown Friends Kite Club".   Does anyone have any info on this?

 50 
 on: December 05, 2016, 01:07 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by rncembal
Unless it's a really hard pulling kite or kites I prefer sand bags at the beach. Most kites wont lift 20 -40 pounds. The nice things about bags is you can move them around . To secure them more I dig a hole and place them in. Where they may have slid down the beach when the wind picks up they don't climb up out of a hole.

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