Hello Kitebulder forum,
Of all the displays arrayed on the beach in Port Aransas the one which may be the biggest cloud pleaser
is the floating teddy bear, or in my case Andy, the parachuting armadillo.
I began with 'Space Shuttle and Parachute' from Chochranes of Oxford. A little flimsy
and sort of small.
So I created my own release mechanism
See plan herewith below orhttp://www.allenpitts.com/messenger.gif
but a sail was needed to take the ferry up the Kite Line.
The Popper by Premier was used for some time
Some trouble was had getting the correct tensioning.
Another problem with the Popper is the kite line has to be
fed thru a tube on the Popper before the kite lione is attached to the
Have also seen some commercially available sails
But the guys want $400 which is a little out of my budget.
Also have seen
which may be a way to go.
which not too elegant and a little lacking in details.
I have found some other planshttp://www.kiteplans.org/planos/boodschap/boodschap.html#minihttp://people.zeelandnet.nl/kitepassion/ferry.htm
There seem to be some good ideas here but its hard to tell
because these are in Dutch.http://www.tedberets.co.uk/
This is a good release mechanism but it lacks a lift method.
I have seen a couple of efforts that used a second string and
pulley to lift the carrier/release up the kiteline
but a sail lifter seems like a much better way to go.http://pdj.home.xs4all.nl/bears.htm
Ralph at the kite shop in Port Aransas called Fly It! told me
about the Gunther Kite Ferryhttp://www.reelreports.com/store/GUNTHER-kite-ferry---amazing-kite-accessory-NEW-190682918156.html
It has a feature that is unique in that has a propeller which
reduces it speed as it descends down the Kite Line.
On of the problems with sails like the Popper is the sail and release mechanism
come down so fast that they bang into the anchor point and get damaged
Gunther stopped making their kite ferry so the only way to get
a hold one is to hope to find one on Ebay or used some where
So thats been my journey in the kite messenger world.
If you have anything to add or know where there is more
information please respond to this post.
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