boardriding maui wrote:
Hi Ronnie. I agree that 3 line could be interesting. I've been spending a lot of time with all kinds of bridle configurations. Some leaning toward 3 line concepts really slow down the responsiveness. Was a surprise to me. The geometry of this design is pretty unusual, so seems like it follows some different rules. I'm still exploring and learning.
About the canopy, nothing has been added to stiffen it anywhere. Before I began testing this concept I had no idea what to expect and guessed it may not work at all. To the contrary. Many interesting potential advantages. I think the fact that it is not stiff really allows the kite to twist and respond to all input. She's super fast. I'm stoked.
I was actually meaning that your 4 line kite bridle looked a bit like the Cabrinha IDS bridle, so was wondering if you flagged it by letting one end of the powerline run up to where the pulley is at the bottom of the front lines.
I like the simplicity of it and its good news if it works and doesn't have any serious drawbacks.
I think there is a lot yet to be investigated in kite design.
It could be that it will work as a light wind kite.
One thing I would like to see someone develop is a kite that relaunches in the lightest of wind from directly downwind by being held in the same position as it would be overhead and keeping the best angle of attack all the way up through the centre of the window.
So is the canopy aerofoil shape or flat and if aerofoil does it depower in a stable way?
I would have thought the kite would be designed to sit back in the window a bit to keep the canopy under tension.