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« on: September 17, 2011, 08:13 PM »

I bought an HQ Eddy Cat and an HQ Eddy Dog kite.  My intention was to give the cat kite to my girlfriend so I can fly the dog kite right beside her. Smiley

I went ahead and ordered the kites.  When I received them I found out the kites are actually not the same kite.  The cat kite is 31" width and 31" height, while the dog kite is 27" width and 27" height.  The top bridle 'hole' is lower on the dog kite (I'm not sure what the terminology is for that hole on the kite), and the kites are bridled at different angles.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the kites won't fly side by side because the cat kite flies at a much steeper angle than the dog kite.

When I hold the two kites at the bridle tow point, the dog kite is sloped more towards the ground more than the cat kite.  I am thinking of retying the tow point on the dog kite so it matches the angle of the cat kite.  Is this the correct action to make the two kites fly closer together?

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 08:54 PM »

That can help but being a bigger sail area the cat kite will have a bit more lift to it as well.  Being a smaller kite with a different bridle size the adjustment won't be exact so you will have to make small adjustments untill you get it close.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2011, 02:10 AM »

Know Your Kite - Adjusting Your Bridle    , by:Todd Little

Almost all bridles are adjustable and should be tuned before each flight to suit the wind conditions present at the time. The movement of the line attachment (tow) point alters the angle of attack, or the way the kite presents itself in the wind. When you move the tow point towards the top of the kite, it presents less of the face of the kite to the wind, allowing the kite to “float” on light winds. You’ll find that this adjustment lets the kite fly high overhead and, should the wind pick up a little, overfly (fly over your head into the wind!)

Moving the tow point lower, toward the bottom of the kite, will make the kite present more sail area to the wind. This will make the kite fly lower unless the wind is stronger to apply more energy to “push” the kite up. Of course this will also make the kite pull much more strongly, so watch out! Moving the point too far towards the bottom of the kite will stop the kite from leaving the ground all together.

Most modern kites have bridles made to be adjusted. Usually this is a simple ring which can be slid up and down the line and often the manufacturer marks a spot where the tow point should be in average wind conditions. But be aware that many store bought kites can have a mark on the bridle which is obviously ment to make the kite fly like a two ton dump truck and to frustrate potential kite enthusiasts. This is most often true with the less expensive sport kites – the kind found at Walmart

When testing/tuning a kite/stack I will sometimes attach a ring to ease in adjusting the tow point

Lark's-head & ring kite bridle attachment

Hope this helps getting the kites to fly close together

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2011, 08:51 AM »

Looks like I'll start by moving the loop in the bridle then.  I have a plastic ring from a dollar store kite than I can use for testing.

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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2011, 11:41 AM »

That is a great posting.
For adjusting the tow point, the ring is a good option, another is the prusik knot.

Neither is better, just a preference.

Here is a link on how it is tied and used to adjust the tow point.

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