="Wetstuff"]Before flight - ground handling of this kite is different. I use a gauge and like to pump kites up to 8-10psi. My nose tells me; kites fly better harder than softer. Pumping...and more pumping (it's a very large main tube!) gets you a very stiff member at only about 7psi. I did the struts at about my usual 10psi.
I flew them several times and never pumped it this hard. Try a little less pressure next time.
The other thing a very wide cord get's you is a massive, stiff kite to flip over. It doesn't half-fold while flipping like the usual blimp with a smaller front tube. An expirenced lady kiter caught it for me and there was no way she was going to be able to flip it over on its nose and sand it - she had to wait 'till I got in. Compared to the usual, this is more like handling a solid wing. I'm a little concerned - as I kite alone 60% of the time - about self-launching/landing. No way will I hot launch alone no matter the raves about he depower...
The hot launch is vey gentle, but the key is to have the extended depower and pushing the bar all the way out when it blasts through the power zone.
I did not yet have WW lines, so I flew it this first time with a North line/bar set. My first impression was: 1) 'I can't feel this kite!?' 2) it's very stable.
I prefer a kite that gives a lot of feedback at the bar. Yet, I don't like flying-squirrels - those kites that dart around like they're on a single string you gotta keep your eye on every moment. Winds were from sub-10kts to about 18 and the only place this kite was comfortable was in the upper end. At this upper end I could out point other's on 16's but lost out when the wind came back to about 12.
But...I couldn't feel the tune. It was very hard to tell if I was choking it or under sheeting it. I got a proper WW lineset/bar and will see and I'll try different settings of the front pigtails.
I felt the same way the first time I tested the Rapture. It takes some time to get used to the "feel." The next time I tested it I felt the zone although I think the critical point is much wider than normal kites.
In the zero holes when the kite would drop out - it was no easy relaunch. The stiff front tube would allow the kite to lay on its back very easily so you don't need a 5th line..but the kite would pivot around when you tried to use a back line to 'rudder' the end strut. The end strut stayed stiff and the kite would simply spin on the center strut rather than walk off to the side. Once the air came back soild I could get it to walk with more rudder effect. I also tried grabbing about a meter of center lines to do a reverse launch but the pull was too hard for me to be comfortable with the next phase where it rotates in the power zone with a bunch of loose back lines floating around. Maybe with the proper lines I will get a better result...
Did you mear rean lines for a reverse launch?
I have tried this and found it to be easy as long as you can grip the pv tubing covering the rear lines.
I held the lines till the kite completely flipped over and the rear of the kite was in the water, let go and pushed the bar out. It was simple and easy.