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by merl
Fri May 11, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Important Message: I almost died - Gunnar Biniasch
Replies: 53
Views: 16223

Re: Important Message: I almost died - Gunnar Biniasch

Related story from somewhere else in Sweden from yesterday: Super crowded beach on a sunny public holiday so I went to a quiet corner on the other side of the bay and drift launched. After an OK hydrofoil session my kite went down after hitting a hole in the wind. Just couldn't get the bastard launc...
by merl
Sun May 06, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Alicante area: hydrofoil spots?
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Alicante area: hydrofoil spots?

Spending a week just north of Alicante at the beginning of June. Hoping to do some foiling (riding but still a beginner). Any tips of foil-friendly spots?
by merl
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice
Replies: 79
Views: 25980

Re: Kite Tech Tips: Brummel Splice

A 5 mm central depower line needs a 32 cm splice. I don't think any manufacturer has ever been close to this advice (some loops are amazingly short in fact). Maybe because you don't really need to preserve the full strength of 5mm line in kitesurfing applications (i.e. it is already overkill in ter...
by merl
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?
Replies: 15
Views: 3904

Re: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?

I did the same with strips out of XPS. It keeps 99% of the water out, it adds almost zero weight and you can always get them out, rinse the inside of the strut with fresh water and put them back in. I really can not see why they are not doing it... Greetings, Jaros :thumb: I'd be interested to see ...
by merl
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?
Replies: 15
Views: 3904

Re: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?

I was referring to what I found on the forum, in particular advice from Zeeko not to try to seal the mast. I think the problem might (mainly) be with foam and with inflexible materials. Eventually water gets in and is hard to get out. http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2395014&p=960547&h...
by merl
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?
Replies: 15
Views: 3904

Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?

Saw an old thread about sealing alu masts, and the consensus seemed to be that it is a bad idea.

Any new thinking on this?
by merl
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 760
Views: 120466

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

So more in the interests of weight saving, rather than chicken loop bye bye, a carbon bar rather than the current heavy alloy offerings from the major manufacturers. Best used to do them but I guess cost and ease of manufacture has stopped the idea. The question is, does the bar need a hole in it f...
by merl
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2404

Re: Splicing tips?

One method is to go through the lines multiple times, one end after another. Both ends must be free. Resulting loop is very strong and looks quite good actually. About four to five inches is enough length for that kind of splice if rope is about 1/4 inch thick. Do you mean like stitch? Pass tail th...
by merl
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2404

Re: Splicing tips?

Collecting a lot of good tips and ideas. I managed a (somewhat ugly) splice using a different trick - removing two stands for almost the whole length of the splice. This thins the tail and makes the body more roomy at the same time. WIll try some of the other tricks too...
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2404

Re: Splicing tips?

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12 strand
It is 12 strand. What a b*tch

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