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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:12 pm 
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I would agree with the "make it deeper" idea.
If shallow, in addition to being riskier for injury, it will heat up and fill with weed and algae in summer. For farm ponds the recommended depth is usually pretty deep, over 2m, varying with location and intended use.
Perhaps if you have any kind of typical nosy local government concerns, it should be a "farm pond," since this is usually allowed and accepted, or some other kind of accepted thing.
Talk to a farmer, or make friends with an engineer I would say.
There is quite a science to building ponds and different types with different issues.
Probably the simplest is one that just collects rain or is filled by a small spring.
Plan to dam a creek or something like that though and the authorities will take some interest.
Sounds like a cool project.
I would be totally jealous!


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:06 pm 
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I think 12 inches would be amazing, all butter. Also in the winter it freezes a lot quicker.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:23 pm 
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Better to get butter by planting grass along the edge. :idea:
Usually ponds are oriented to minimize waves from prevailing wind, this also helps. :wink:

I sometimes ride in a brackish lagoon that at lower tides in summer is 12 inches or less in large areas and full of weed.
Great butter spot in most conditions, but in those conditions, it sucks.
Lines can get full of weed, face full of slimy weed, etc.
Also it has a muddy bottom, that also is not nice when shallow.
Nothing like lines full of floating vegetation and mud up to your knees.
With fresh water, some from runoff, and shallow depth, there is also a concern with what kind of micro-organisms will thrive in it in summer heat. Some of them will thrive in your sinuses, ears, GI system etc.
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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:47 pm 
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Alright i got an update:

The liner rolls 50'x100' run $6500 each. So that is out of the question.

I am going to discuss with our civil department about alternate options.

Farm pond classification is a good idea!


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:05 pm 
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Update 2:

Our geo guys gave me a liner supplier sample book to go through. Its full of useful stuff.

They said they have built alot in texas using just clay. Usually a 1/2 meter of compacted clay is sufficient. They have had issues when the clay didnt hold up and had to go back and put in a liner.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:18 pm 
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Hope your project succeeds, you'll be "the man" if it does!
Or at least attract some waterfowl....
Got a shotgun? a dozer? backhoe?


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:14 pm 
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edt wrote:
I think 12 inches would be amazing.


spoken like a true airstyler :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:00 pm 
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Interesting idea, but I think you'd get pretty bored after a few sessions of mowing the lawn on a 200' pond.

Landboarding in a soccer field used to be really fun, but it's not any more, just not enough area to get going quickly.

This winter I snow kited several times at Milne Dam, on a NW, you can get a tack of about 700' in (0.22km), which is really the smallest area I'd consider at all. Even with that, I head to bigger lakes whenever I can.

Good luck with your project. Hope you can build one large enough to be fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
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edt wrote:
I think 12 inches would be amazing


That's what she said...


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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone built a pond to kite on?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:15 pm 
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Shawn13 hope you are ok with visitors I will def plan a road trip w the crew to your spot when it's done if you're on with that


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