It does not matter what Ozone recommends - they would not know in this casemmeyers12 wrote:Does Ozone recommend 25m lines on even their 6m and 4m catalysts? Has anyone tried putting these on shorter lines?
I dont know that kites are "designed" to be flown on short lines When using a large kite its generally in light winds and there is benefit of greater power with longer lines. Many days I go out in 10 knots with a 16 on 32 meter lines but it would not be possible on 25's.mmeyers12 wrote:I have not purchased a 6m or 4m catalyst but I am considering them as the 8m catalyst (on 25m lines) is hands down the most amazing kite I have flown thus far. I think though, if I fly a 6m, I would prefer shorter lines. So, I think I would prefer to buy a kite that is designed to be flown on shorter lines (slingshot rally or rpm). Instead of a kite that is designed to be flown on longer lines. What do ya'll think?
Also, is it always accurate to say that if a kite flies more forward in the window, it is a kite designed to fly more on apparent wind? Hence the reason high aspect kites can fly in such low wind because as you generate apparent wind, they are able to continually perform as if there is still a decent amount of wind.
Thirdly, what do you mean by "camber?" Although I have heard this word before, I am not 100% clear on its meaning.
Lastly thanks everyone that has taken the time to comment. I greatly appreciate the information and have learned quite a bit from this post!
My take is that pulley-less bridled kites are more sensitive to line length changes than kites with pulley bridles. As the bridle tow vector becomes more inward with shorter lines, pulleys make so that the tension at the bridle attachment points on the leading edge remain constant.mmeyers12 wrote:This summer I wanted to compare an 8m rally to an 8m catalyst. So, after flying the rally on 20m lines, I decided to put the 8m catalyst on 20m lines. I found that I did not really like the 8m catalyst to much. This was mainly due to the radius of the kite as it looped and the amount of pressure necessary to loop it.
Then, I decided to use the 25m lines on the 8m catalyst. Wow! The difference was night and day. I found the catalyst to be an awesome kite, perfectly tuned to fly on 25m lines. I would NEVER again fly the catalyst on 20m lines. I never knew that the lengths of the lines make such a profound difference in the flight characteristics of a kite.
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