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Author Topic: de tension sail when not flying ?  (Read 1100 times)
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« on: July 24, 2009, 02:35 PM »

hi there
just wanted to know is it important to de tension sail ,meaning of "De" ( remove )and stand offs and spreader bars when not using or flying kites if i want to keep them in side but keep them around and not put away ?

will the sail stretch over time if you dont de tension ?
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009, 02:58 PM »

Generally speaking, the only time I de-tension kites is when they need to fold up for shipping.

There are exceptions, I've had some very curvy kites that didn't like to go into the roll-up bag with the LEs tensioned and bowed.

Most kites won't stretch from having tight LEs. Very fragile super lightweight kites might, but they tend to not need much tension, so it's a wash.

I mostly leave the standoffs in place, the lower spreaders in the LE fittings and fold the thing up. Only loose part is the upper spreader.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 04:23 PM »

stick the us in the leading edge at the ls and no loose parts floating around
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009, 04:42 PM »

stick the us in the leading edge at the ls and no loose parts floating around
Be rather hard to do if you're not detensioning the sail wouldn't it?
Might be easier to stow the upper spreader in the lower spreader.

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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009, 05:03 PM »

I do it both ways.

For Lights/Standards, the US usually slides right into the end of the lower spreader (not going all the way in).

For SULs, you can generally easily slide the US in along the LLE as they are often pretty skinny.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009, 05:39 PM »

OK, I get it. In the leading edge tunnel.
A rubber O ring on the US will keep it from sliding all the way into the LS.  Wink


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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009, 05:49 PM »

I de-tension. Don't know if matters, but it can't hurt.
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009, 05:52 PM »

It can hurt, thats why I don't do it.

It wears out the APA connectors and you risk punching a hole in your sail every time you break it down and then put it back together.

On top of that, it wastes time - you can be in the air an extra few minutes with each outing.  In a year, who knows, you are probably getting an extra hour or 2 of flying in.  Smiley




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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2009, 06:30 PM »

stick the us in the leading edge at the ls and no loose parts floating around
Be rather hard to do if you're not detensioning the sail wouldn't it?
Might be easier to stow the upper spreader in the lower spreader.

Denny

Denny had shown this to me a while back and he mentioned about put a small o-ring on the upper spreader to keep it from sliding to far into the lower spreader, works great, does not work on my standard Widow Maker, if the upper spreader fits into the lower this will work just fine, once I have received my Kites via shipping, and setting them up I have never De-tensioned my leading edge I like to keep them as setup as much as possible. for those times I Find free moment to fly, I keep them with me every where I go.
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2009, 09:15 PM »

yeah thanks for your hints and tips.
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