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« on: October 29, 2010, 09:42 AM »

I've been flying Nirvanas pretty much all year now. I get a lot of keel wraps and it's starting to get to be a pain. What's the best way to make keeper lines so that the bridle doesn't wrap around the keel? Should I use bridle line (I think my roll of bridle line is something like 150# or 170#) or something lighter like Shanti 90# or 50#. How much slack do you build into it (how long should it be) and how would you attach it?

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2010, 10:37 AM »

for placement go about halfway on the upper outhaul and inhaul and attach with a single or double sheet bend knot. for length you want the line to remain just slack so no matter how you move the bridle towpoint, it should never "engage" the bridle. it can forever remain slack and still be plenty taut to never let the inhaul wrap around the keel.

the lightest bridle line you have should be your preference.

just after a minute in this video you can see the keeper line. just nevermind the boooring voice over.

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2010, 10:38 AM »

You're talking about keeping the inhaul from looping around the tail, right?
For that I just use bridle line. It doesn't have to be strong, so you could really use whatever line is available. Make a line that goes between the upper outhaul and the lower inhaul just short enough to keep the IH from reaching around the tail. Make sure it isn't too short that it effects the bridle function in any other way.

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2010, 03:12 PM »

If you pull the inhaul down towards the tail, the knot point should be around 2" from the point of the tail just enough to stop the line going around the tail.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010, 03:29 PM »

Lam's kite came with 100 lbs. bridle lines as keeper lines.

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2010, 06:18 PM »

Lam's kite came with 100 lbs. bridle lines as keeper lines.

Warren Mackintosh's kites came out with extremely fine bungee shock cord as keeper lines... in 1997!

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2010, 02:23 PM »

That's a lot easier than I thought! Thanks!

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