Hello all! I've not been contributing much to the forums as of late, so wanted to show what I've started working on. I should warn that this (as most of my projects) will be slow in it's development due to another move across state lines and likely some time residing in a 'kite studio free' apartment for a while.
The design I picture here is the result of "what looks right" and has no scientific basis for success! Like many designers, I will likely build a handful of prototypes and ultimately plan to get a good final result based on trial and error.
As I am moving the Northern California area (greater sacramento), I wander if any of the fliers in the region might make a recommendation possible framing for a first "all purpose" build. Mostly I'm curious if the winds there typically warrant a Std, UL, SUL or some combination of the above. Thanks for any input!
The sail pattern is just a filler (I like it, but will likely add one seam to keep the template sizes down). My intent is to have a basic pattern that many could build, but also have versatility in the color choices people make. Input is welcome from the forum, as I've enjoyed past collaborative efforts! In the past, I have run a small contest for design idea/poll winners... It is not my intent to do that now, but I may reconsider if enough contributions are submitted in replies to this post.
Currently, the size of the kite is focused around using a full length spar for the spine and some leading edge components (82.5cm). As a builder, I appreciate the designs that minimize the number of cuts I have to make to my frame material.