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« on: May 20, 2011, 08:19 AM »

Hi folks.  I'm sure there's other ways of getting this info, but figured I'd get the best and quickest info here.  I have never flown a larger kite before (bigger than a couple of square feet) and recently purchased a G-Kites Ghost.  Any suggestions for a newbie on lines, anchors and reels for such a kite?  Are these kites usually flown pretty close to the ground or can you let them loose?  Currently all I've got is dualie hardware.

Any info would be appreciated!  Thanks folks!

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2011, 08:46 AM »

Others will jump in here but for a start:
http://gombergkites.com/faq.html
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2011, 08:47 AM »

I would use 100# line on a flat winder (like a dual line winder)
bring a stake (tent stakes work fine as do old screwdrivers).
larkshead the flying kind to the stake 2x to make sure it does not slip. good to go!

I know that some people use dog leashes to tie down to a tree/bench/car tire etc.....
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011, 11:48 AM »

The ghost is a very tame kite to fly.  You should have no problem at all unless you plan on flying it in crazy strong winds.  If it is the standard ghost (7' wingspan), you can fly it right off a spool just like any other kite.  If it is the giant ghost (13' wingspan) you will probably want to anchor it out to launch it.  You could fly it right off a spool if the wind is under 10mph, but stronger than that would be best to just anchor it and then launch.

If you are worried about it, drive a good quality stake into the ground.  Make sure it is buried deep so it can't be pulled out with the gusty winds.  Run out about 100' to 150' of line (or whatever length you desire).  I usually fly with 75' to 150' of line, depending on area and how much attention I want to give the kite.  Shorter line allows viewers to see the large size of the kite.  Longer line usually gets the kite up higher where the winds are more steady and gives room for line laundry if wanted.

Once your line is ran out, tie one end onto the stake securely (two or three larks heads or use a strap and biner as listed above).  Then take out all the slack in the line and attach to the assembled kite.  Stand to one side, lift the kite while controlling the line and launch her on up.  Be careful that the line doesn't rip through your hand, gloves may be a good idea.  Again the ghost is a pretty tame kite so it is a great one to start with.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2011, 01:39 PM »

Thanks guys!  85# 200 footer on the way.  I appreciate the tips.

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2011, 05:54 AM »

If flying on the beach, for an anchor here's what I did.....

Get a 1X4X12 board drill a hole right in the middle, get a heavy duty kite line or just rope about 3 feet long and feed it through the board and put a knot on both ends. When you get to the beach put it about 2 feet under and pack the sand. This worked great with all my old ghost kite and even my old 19 ft delta. But give a few good tugs to make sure it's in there good.
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