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I have gotten a few PM's on this topic....
I am looking to share my kites with others. It seems a lot of us could benefit from trying the different kites we talk about. I have heard a lot about the Talon and Sea Devils, Prism 4's. Truth is I have no real concept of any of these kites. Or if any of them fly any better or worse than I have.
I do not consider myself an accomplished flyer by any means. This season my goals will be to improve as much as I did last season. I will fly a fade for over 5 minutes this summer is my (#1.) Objective.
Here in the Metro Detroit Area Jon T starts Kite Season the Wednesday After Daylights savings week-end. It gives a few of the guys more time after work ...
Some of the Wednesday Night guys might want to try the different kites also. I'll find out from Devin if he has a couple of kites to share also.
Having Jon fly them will also be a +plus . He can also fix anything I break (hehehehe). Or anything that happens to my kites he can fix. NOt a problem.
Shipping can't be that much. I suppose some rules ??? Honsety is Best.
There are number of Kiter's I'd share with...
Little groups of maybe five guys. It could be by geographical location.
If we listed our kites on this thread... It covers em' all ...
Widow Maker std.
Pro Dancer ???
The spring is close. Kite Party in a couple weeks. By May many of us could experence the different kites we only hear about...
Some Feed Back On This Would Be Great ... Then Norm's tricks will face the best we have to offer.
I've got maybe 50 kites but I doubt anyone would want to fly them. Old skool. 8)
I know that The Other Place™ has a lending library of kites and videos...it seems that they get used quite often....
I have lent out kites to local flyers before with out incident...(most of my sport kites are standard pultruded tubes so new rods is pretty simple)....
it is always good to see sharing of ideas and kites out there!!!! I feel that is what will really help the kite community and industry more than anything else.
The library on 'the other place' works very well. Basically you borrow the kite for a month ( unless no-one else asks for it in which case you hold onto it) then pass it on to the next person on the waiting list. There is no charge for loaning the kite, but you pay postage to pass it on to the next person who in turn pays to pass it to the next etc etc. You have to be a registered user on the site and provide valid email address and real name and address so that the kite can tracked from person to person.
The overall idea of sharing kites is a great idea. Too bad you didn't come up with this before
my trade count was 20. I've bought and sold and already have the ones I plan on keeping.
I fly at the beach and it is very easy to tear a sail on dried seaweed/kelp. I know because I
tore the sail during the maiden flight of my Widowmaker UL. There is also clumps of oil at
times, which you can't see a 100 feet away when you land the kite. So, now you risk the possibility of staining a nice WHITE Fearless. Now, if this happened will Jon or for that matter anybody be able to "fix-it"? I know what I would have to do and that is buy the person a new one. So, as much as I like the overall idea I would NOT be willing to participate in kite sharing. If my sail gets torn, stained, or punctured with a rod, it's all on me. Let's say a LE ferrule came loose slid down and you ended up with a long tear in a new Tekken DOA .....sorry not for me as much as I would like to fly a few different kites. I'm going to save all of my flight strap money I am making on the "trick challenges" and buy me a new FWK Duende. I guess I'm just an old fuddy duddy. :D :D
If any of these Kite makers want me to buy their kites maybe they should have a couple of loaners:
Sky Sport Design: Lam's
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