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Author Topic: Marking kite line with Alpine Butterfly  (Read 876 times)
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« on: August 06, 2011, 03:44 AM »

I wonder how it would work to measure and mark my line using alpine butterfly knots every 50 or 100 feet and leave the knots in the line. I understand that the knot retains 95 percent of the line strength  So, I am guessing that a 100# line with several alpine butterfly knots would still be good for 95#  I could also use the knots to tie off streamers on the line.

Hoping to set up a ten foot delta conyne on 1000 feet of 100# line with six 40 foot streamers. May never fly it all but love to imagine all the same. New to this...

Love to hear any thoughts.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011, 05:21 AM »

Very easy to set a line up like that.
I always just larksheaded stainless or aluminum welded rings at 15'intervals. .......
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 05:59 AM »

I use a small carabiner with the line wrapped around it two or three times. You can slide it easily and once there is tension on the line it stays in place.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011, 03:15 PM »

Many people do exactly what you're considering. If you want to make a line dedicated to hanging laundry on do it, it saves the time you'll otherwise use every time you fly attaching carabiners or rings and guessing or stepping off distances. The Alpine Butterfly is one of the prefered knots for this purpose. Go for it.

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2011, 02:36 PM »

Thank you all for your responses.  Great help.  I am going to go ahead and set my lines up with the alpine butterfly knots to mark the length and to secure line laundry.  I will put a few closer together closer to the kite for streamers.

Also, did away with the metal clips and decided to use the larks head to secure to my single line kites Ė Delta Stowaway and Alpine Delta Conyne.  I read the message thread concerning these in the Sport Kite section.  Canít get around metal against kite line and really donít want to see the kite sail off on their own.  I have the option to larks head to the clip if need be.

Had a bit of wind yesterday and flew for a few minutes.  Canít wait to spend a day with decent wind and temperatures below 95.

Thank you again.
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