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« on: July 23, 2014, 08:23 PM »

hiya all,
it seems that all sport stunt kites has some sort of a pointed tail.
having a tail you can add weight to it but why do kites have a some sort of a tail ?
would it make any difference if the kite didnt have a pointed tail ?
your thoughts and discussion on this please would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 08:30 PM »

Are 2 points better than one???



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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 08:31 PM »

like the Hawaiian?
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 08:47 PM »

Are 2 points better than one???



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i had a benson gemini before but no matter what i could not get it to fly and stay in the air so i sold it with out being pleased by it!!.
what a beautiful design!
luv the 2 tail thing and the curved leading edges.
sexy botique kite! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 11:01 PM »

does the tail have any thing to do with the flite of the kite ?
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 11:19 PM »

The longer the keel, the more stable the kite.

I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's it in a nutshell.

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2014, 11:43 PM »

oh yeah john,thanks for that explaination mate!
thats explains why all sport stunt kites have a keel
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2014, 03:49 AM »

In addition to directional stability, the keel can add drag and help moderate speed buildup. The longer moment arm makes tail weights more effective.  Remember all design elements on a kite work together so putting a long keel on an already precise kite won't necessarily make it better.

The longer the keel, the more stable the kite.

I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's it in a nutshell.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2014, 01:23 AM »

i wonder what having 2 keels is like for performance side of things like the gemini has ?
would a curved leading edge be more aero dynamic ?
what a sexy kite that gemini is!
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2014, 12:40 PM »

The longer the keel, the more stable the kite.

I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's it in a nutshell.


Here's a big exception:

The Prophecy has almost no "tail" and it's very stable. Too stable, maybe.

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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2014, 01:23 PM »

That whole kite is long. That's why it's so stable.

Low aspect ratio. Great kite. Wonderful 540s.
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