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Author Topic: Seattle Air Gear WD Parafoil bridle material question  (Read 2132 times)
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« on: October 20, 2011, 02:11 PM »

Hi all.  Haven't posted in a while, well, OK, maybe a few years.

Wind Dance instructions refer to #346 bonded dacron and #207 bonded dacron as their bridle line material.  Does anyone know what this is, or an equivilent?  Seattle Air Gear is out of business, and their website gone.  These items are required for making bridle line repairs. 

Thanks in advance for your help.

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2011, 11:24 AM »

FYI, you can see most of the Seattle Air Gear site (rants and all) on the Wayback Machine:

http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/http://seattleairgear.com

Just looked at the 2008 version of the site and there is a bridle repair section.

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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2011, 12:18 PM »

Thanks Allen, but I had already checked the WayBack, and with Steve, and with Goodwinds.  And I have the SAG manuals.  They do indeed have a bridle repair section.  It instructs you how to identify which lines you need, and they (SAG) will send you repair materials free.  Obviously, that is no longer an option, and they never identify the bridle material beyond "#346 bonded dacron and #207 bonded dacron".  No line strength info is given.  Googling #346 bonded dacron, etc. yielded no actionable info.

I was tempted to wing it with some spectra, but I don't know how that will play with the rest of the dacron bridle.  I suspect dacron line has a little more elasticity than spectra.  And perhaps the WD3 won't care.  It still flies pretty well even with three broken lines in brisk winds (as in scudding on the beach while wearing lugged-sole hiking shoes).

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2011, 12:31 PM »

Try here-- just know that Dacron is a brand name often used interchangeably with polyester:
http://www.cshyde.com/Moreproducts/threads.htm

(look in the column labeled "Trade Size")

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2011, 07:52 AM »

Thank you Nancy!  Searching for 346 and 207 bonded polyester yields results.  Thanks again.

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2011, 12:06 PM »

Glad I could help with something around here ;-)
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2011, 10:12 PM »

Maybe Steve should start stocking this stuff, 'cause all our WD foils (and their bridles) are getting older!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2011, 08:26 AM »

Norm, interesting thought, though I don't know how widespread the demand is for this material.  This would be an ideal "stock" item because the typical user only needs a few yds that could ship in an envelope at low cost.

I expect my shipment of bonded polyester 'thread' today, and I'll report on results.  The downside is a 4 oz spool of 346 bonded poly contains 325 yds., and 525 yds. in the 207.  A lifetime supply for a fleet of WDs.

I really enjoy flying my WDs, and they are very packable for travelling anywhere.  Great beach kite.

Norm, as a long-time advocate and flyer of WDs, should you ever need a few yds. of the bridle material, just ask and ye shall receive.

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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2011, 11:10 AM »

Thanks, Ted. Since I'm 99% flying fighter kites these days, I suspect my WD bridles will last a while, unless they deteriorate in the bag. OTOH, you may be getting requests from others, now that you've "blown your cover"!
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