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Author Topic: Inefficient lines hampering low wind range of kite?  (Read 1815 times)
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« on: June 23, 2009, 10:56 PM »

I was flying my Cosmic Ghost over the weekend and for some reason it seemed to need more wind to fly than the previous weekend, almost going into the standard wind range. I checked the bridle, standoffs etc and everything looks to be in place.

Now, the lines I used were 60# x 90ft Laser Pro. Those lines have definitely seen better days. In fact they have turned grey and most probably you can only have 6 - 8 twists before locking up. Bunch of dirt on them.

Now the question is, would some really inefficient line severely impact the low wind range of a kite? Noticeable in your experience? The difference when I flew was appaling. I need to feel a breeze and my hair moving before the Ghost have some solid drive throughout the window. Then again it might be the wind around here too.

Also on a related note, if anybody have the bridle measurements for the Ghost as well as the leading edge meaurements for the APA connectors it would help.


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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 02:01 AM »

More likely to be air density / moisture level on the day.

Last weekend I arrived at the local beach, judged the windspeed and pulled out an Ultralight.  It pulled way harder than I thought it would, so I swapped to a standard.  Even though the wind felt like it was hardly there, it was ideal for the standard and stayed that way all morning.

Looking up the beach towards the sun I could tell there was a slight sea mist being blown in - quite unusual for our coast line.

...just my theory

Kevin Sanders

Willunga, South Australia
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