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 Post subject: Re: Peter Lynn C-Quad?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:56 am 
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Used to use C Quads with a Dirtsurfer up and down the hardpack on the waters edge on the beach.
Had a Pro Tools Mosquito 9.5M size (I think 9.5) foil when I was learning to water kite, it was a monster truck, and it turned so slow compared to the other foils I had.
I liked the KiteWing (Skimbat) with the Dirstsurfer (back in 2003) up and down the beach, it hauled major a$$.
Still have a KiteWing and a couple Dirtsurfers.
No C-Quads left in my garage though.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Lynn C-Quad?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:18 am 
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I'd love to get my hands on a Dirtsurfer... the prices are usually nice, but the shipping is killer. I just use my old Kava.

Been a few years since I had it out though - if the wind is that good, I head for the lake :) year round!


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Lynn C-Quad?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:25 am 
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What's a Kava?


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Lynn C-Quad?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:39 am 
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Flexifoil board - big, long, low, heavy, 15-ply, shaped like a banana... good cruiser :)


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Lynn C-Quad?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:57 am 
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not many bro's know about c-quads. theres still a crew in nz that flys them. me I'ev flown them a couple of times. soooooo much power for such a small kite.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Lynn C-Quad?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:09 pm 
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aircatcher wrote:
To bad that they stop develop C-Quad,i think this concept will resurface someday in the future design with water relaunchable feature.


Seriously doubt that. The kite had a lot of issues, that detracted from its few user friendly attributes. While it had great performance, it took quite a lot of fine control to get the best from it, otherwise it was actually a bit clunky to fly.
There was an early inflatable kite, the Seasmick(?) that was a very similar design but used inflatable tubes instead of solid fibreglass or carbon for the frame like C-Quads did.
Bridling on the C-Quad was prone to stretching, and this was another of the features that made it less popular. Same with the frame it was prone to breaking, as were the spine to LE connectors (major pain to repair/replace)
Videos were also made of the kite water relaunching, but this could only be achieved if the pilot was standing in shallow water (not shown in the videos). The floats just stopped them from sinking.
The optimal sizes were the smaller ones, they were pretty good in a buggy, quite fast and had good upwind, performance. Larger sizes had very high steering loads, and needed very large handles to fly them well. Amazing power for the size.
Backstraps, they are just a bad idea :D No possibility of a safety release using one of them, only option was to let go of the whole thing, but because the power lines were under your arms you usually got a lofting or a good skull drag!
They were an interesting step to where we are today, no need to go backwards now! :)


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