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drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:08 am
by Metaphor_
Hi guys,

How do you dry your kite? Do you leave it out on the shore in the sun until it dries? What do you do when it's raining?

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:15 am
by iblocalsurfer
Hang it over a close line with the kite partially inflated. :D

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:18 am
by edt
put it in the apartment somewhere deflated, flip it over after a few hours.

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:41 am
by Westozzy
UV and the trailing edge flapping in the wind in the biggest killer of kites. Dry at home in the shade.

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:11 am
by darippah
I've been lucky enough to have a huge garage to leave kite fully inflated (17m!)... that is ending soon though, and not an option to bring kite into house since for me wet = sandy .

I'm thinking i'll just drop the kite in the salt water before packing up to make sure its minimum amount of freshwater on the kite...

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:03 am
by toyletbowl
I dry my kites after every session and on busy days when my demos or training kites are getting used, it can take a while, but it's well worth the effort. Dry the kites or they will stain the canopy. One area that is hard to dry if the kite is still inflated is where the LE meets the canopy. It's hard to get fresh air in there, so have the kite fully deflated, but open up the LE area from the Canopy and it will dry quickly.

Don't dry on grass if it's sunny or every time you turn it over, the underside will be wet from dew.

Hope this helps,

Bob
www.kiteridersllc.com

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:16 am
by plummet
If its not raining why is your kite wet? Fly it till its dry.

In the rain. Im another man with a big garage. I pump it up and leave it overnight. dry kite in the morning.

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:56 am
by toyletbowl
Many riders worldwide have to land kites in the water solo, hence a wet kite.

Or we ride hard and crash a lot.

Bob
www.kiteridersllc.com

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:19 am
by Westozzy
plummet wrote:If its not raining why is your kite wet? Fly it till its dry.

In the rain. Im another man with a big garage. I pump it up and leave it overnight. dry kite in the morning.
Yep I havent got a huge garage but big enough with lines suspended from the roof. Attach pigtails to keep of ground and next morning all good. Fresh or salt water I hate having wet kites sitting in bags, colours run, leave them long enough and its mould city. Dry them.

Re: drying out your kite

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:42 am
by Kamikuza
Rope strung between the balcony and the carport, with my home-made Kitangas.