Peter_Frank wrote:coleman wrote:can you self launch the kite off the wing tip using a tether?
i would think it might be a problem doing that if there is no wind in the sail from being fully depowered?
I havent got a strutless myself, but can not see any issues here whatsoever
As there IS wind in the sail, even if fully depowered - as if not, our kites could not stand on the side upright and steady
An example we all know, is that in light wind we have to power the kite up a bit, when self launching, so it wont fall down on its LE again.
But havent any real experiences - others have to confirm this
I saw my first struless kite about 2 weekds ago - it was a 10M naish, and seemed to fly fine. I was taking note and it does luff a lot more that a 3 to 5 strut kite, but that wouldn't bother me. Acutally I like the kite to luff a little, it allows me to better tell when the kite is at the edge pulling (like my old sailing days).
One issue I'm seeing with the struless kites and 2 strut kites (naish fly), is carrring the kite to the water in light wind. If your on a beach there is no issue because you are at the exact launch spot. But where I kite we need to rig in a park, roll our lines, then walk into the lake to launch. When there is little wind not have a center strut makes these kites almost impossible to carry without help.
Last light wind session, just two days ago, a saw a guy with a naish fly that had to drag his kite from up over a rocky break water to the park becuase there was no one to help (i was still kiting myself at the time)