On 2002-11-07 15:41, Mr Jo Macdonald wrote:
I asked this in another thread but got no answer.
Fokiten said oversheeting is useless, does this go for all kites or just front liners? I would like to know whether a back line flyer turns fastest with the tips even or slightly oversheeted (ie flying more on the back lines).
Is there no reason to oversheet a back liner (SS Fuel)? No more power (less actually sounds like), turns slower, flies further back in the window?
Until now I've been flying the fuels so that all 4 lines are tight with the depower at the bar and this means that the last 5 cm of depower near the bar slightly oversheets the kite and they seem to fly ok like this or is it better to have the tips even with the depower at the bar?
One thing I've noticed is that when the kite turns with the bar fully powered the tip I'm pulling on (by pulling that side of the bar down) flares more than the other which obviosly has the line looser with that end of the bar higher.
Whether oversheeting is of any benefit to you is something only you can determine. I find that sometimes on my kites, F-One, Airush Lift & G-Arc that oversheeting can be a benefit while at other times it can be detrimental to performance.
There are so many variables apart from the type/brand of kite such as windstrength, board speed, board size/type, flatwater or chop, skill level, your weight and even tiredness.
Also how much oversheeting are we talking about? I've seen kitesurfers so oversheeted that the kites were virtually unflyable and they were blaming the wind!
You have to get out yourself and do some testing. Go to the extremes of over and undersheeting and then work your way back to a sheeting angle that feels best to you. You will then have experienced the whole gamut of over/undersheeting and will have the best idea of what works for you and your kit. Kitesurfing with some friends will also help with comparisons/testing.
Other peoples experience is no substitute for your own. Have fun, Dave (Dr Surf)