@Kamikuza: that might be true in LW. Also I don't thing strutless is good over, say, 13m... IMO in more than 10kts you wont see canopy sticking to the water anymore (like you can see it in say under 8kts at virtually all LW kites). You may also notice that fairly wide tips still raises the canopy so the canopy can still catch wind below and "unstick" the center canopy
@DrLightWind: I don't like battens, even the small ones on the TE's, I'm giving to this a lot of tunning on my designs. Please find some short clip of land testing of one of my latest design below (nothing special for most of the guys here... but can tell a lot). Concave is the one of the keys for sure
. Also I have few things to work on overall canopy stability in my hands
@2cents worth: the problem of lighter fabric (conventional in kiteboarding) is thickness and strength with that... it is normally more prone to the abrasion, tears, etc... I have some thoughts of using lighter fabrics in my extreme LW projects in future but I'm still "weighting" the decision... I see next step in kite fabric "evolution" in so called nano-fabrics
(read way too expensive stuff for now to see it on the market soon I think).
@Bill: there is the truth in your saying, but Booster had at least one initial design problem - its a pure C. One wise man once told me - you won't know until you try it...
@funalex: love your work on your strutless designs, latest do look great!
Are you still using LE rods on latest?
@eree: we, hobby builders did no center struts ages ago than any commercial company did. The days of ZP and similar were THE days (altho these days are no different
) Check the vid below and if you'll notice any profile "breakings" of any kind in the center of the kite (except extreme depowering) I'll buy you a beer!
The thing of that Genetrix kite is that they used too thick profile too far forward, but that might also happen when there is not enough wind. Many kites have this issue but if it's small there is no bit problem. Turning momentum has virtually no involvements with center, but with tip area.