abel wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:49 am
I don't know if its the weather change or what, but what I expected to be an 8-11 knots season its rather a 6-10 knots. Quite a difference
It seems that the 12 m2 single strut kite that I specifically bought for hyrdrofoiling in light winds, is not enough because of the lulls. Lately I had to swim in too many times.
To go for a 15m foil kite or 15m single strut or a lighter 12m single strut (the one I have is 3.4 kg an there are similar weighting 2.8 );
or not to hydrofoil in such conditions, that is the question!?
Hmmm, you got a dilemma here I can see that
A 15 m2 single strut will only give you a notch more, not that noticeable more if any, peak power than a 12 if you are average weight IMO and experiences - and will turn like a dog and be just as or even harder to keep in the air in lulls.
Personally I can not ride a 15 in 10 knots with any fun left (I get dragged downwind when toeside), but it will work just fine and you got the opposite problem here.
A 15 m2 foil kite will work and give you a lot more, but your swim ashore will still happen, it will be way more complicated (you have to roll the kite fully on the water, and to get it up on land (and avoid sand) and dry after - so can not be used for a while either - whereas with a LEI you just swim/drift ashore and relaunch and try again)
It require good skills and experience to avoid the 15 from dropping if 6 knots only (at least if you drop your current kite in this now as you write) - no problem when you can, but for many it will go wrong eventually and the swim is for real.
No biggie if you are just used to this and prepared for this cumbersome packdown and love the foilkites, but if not, it might get you to sell it again - it is one or the other always: Some buy a foilkite and love it, others sell it again quite soon, there isnt really anything in between around here at least
Of course it is the racers mostly, loving the foilkites, but there are a few non racers who use them too.
A lighter 12 or 15 m2 single or no strut kite is also an option indeed - would be my best advice in your specific case.
It will hang easier, less swims, easy to fly, and be a piece of cake IF you get a swim/drift.
Downside is in 10 knots it will flap of course, but still work perfectly and be spot on.
I also have a heavy one strut kite, 12 m2, but it can still hang (when taking care) when 4 knots so I can get ashore without swimming.
But I need 7 knots to ride usually, even with light wind gear (wing/board/lines), sometimes 6 can work.
Anyways, it can be kept in the air in way less wind than I can ride, thats the advantage to avoid getting it in the water
BUT, a much lighter one will be easier to keep in the air, as it can usually just hang no matter what you do, true
Still not be able to ride in less wind though..
Where the foilkite, eventhough not easier to keep in the air, can RIDE in 5-6 knots, YES