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Author Topic: Giant Red Bird repair  (Read 1898 times)
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« on: May 13, 2011, 07:14 AM »

hit some gusty winds and managed to pull the front bridle mounting out of the fabric...I figured to put some tape over the rip (1" on both sides) but there are 3 choices:  3.9oz dacron, nylon ripstop or tedlar tape.  I was leaning towards the 3.9oz dacron but open to suggestions....after this I was going to replace the tab with a longer piece making a loop and extending it into the fabric, long enough to put the spar through it when assembled and then re-sew it.  thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 07:39 AM »

I would need to see some pictures but if you have a spar above the attachment point I would add a patch of the 3.9 oz Dacron and hot cut a hole through it then attach the bridle line directly to the spar. Glue some C-clips or tubing onto the spar at the attachment point if there is not a cross fitting or something else to keep the bridle line in place on the spar. On one of my kites that I needed to be able to detach the bridle I just larksheaded a pigtail around the spar that I slip through the hole in the sail and larkshead the bridle to. If doing that doesn't seem workable your idea of extending a loop through the patch to put the spar through sounds fine, just a bit more work, you need to transfer the pull of the bridle to the spar and not the sail so you're on the right track.

You said it's a 'Big Red Bird' I have some Red 3.9 oz Dacron leading edge material, it would be either 2 or 3 inches wide, I think it's the 3" since it's from the early 1990's, I'd be happy to send you a few inches.


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