Don Monnot wrote:I just generally hate drift launching, and really try to avoid doing it. Because of that, I'm not very skilled at it. There's one launch I sometimes use that "requires" it, but I'm looking for an alternative.
The site has wading depth water out hundreds of yards from shore, so it's certainly possible to get well away from "hard stuff", and be in water anywhere from knee deep to chest deep water (series of sandbars). The problem is the blinkin' weeds! Half the time (or more) when I drift launch there at least one line will catch some weeds and screw up your launch. Hot launch with death loop, wingtip bridle wrap--you name it--happens pretty often. I made the mistake of launching there once when it was blowing about 30 mph. I won't do it again. I just won't ride there when it's that windy--unless you guys can suggest a safer alternative. Is it possible to do an anchored launch with a "not too expensive" anchor? I'm looking for suggestions on what to use.
Is there something you can screw into sand when you're in 18 - 24 inches of water, that can be installed by one person, easily removed, safe for the expected loads, and marked with a float while you're out kiting?
Can you use a tethered launch with weeds on a consistently successful basis?
Carrying a heavy anchor for a hundred yards (or more) with 2 ft chop won't work. It also has to be something that you can remove when it's time to head home. A permanent anchor that far from shore would require a permit, lights at night, etc.
Why do you have to go out in the water to tether? Just tie a rope to anything that won't move near the shore. It's even better tethering with the kite sitting in the water in the wind window and chicken loop hooked in on shore. If there is nothing there to teether to, fill a sandbag and tie a rope to it then bury the sandbag. You can bury the rope if you want to hide it then pull it up when you come back next time. Then just use a D clip on both ends of a a 1 meter pc of rope to hook onto the sandbag rope and the other to your chicken loop. Piss easy.
Of course set up your kite and lines on land then hook in the chicken loop and walk your kite out to the wind window.
A word of caution for anyone trying this for the first time.
1) After setting your kite, hook into your safety release first.
2) Try to launch where there is nothing downwind of you to avoid any possibility of your kite landing in trees or on people etc.
3) NEVER GRAB THE BAR WHEN YOU HOOK INTO YOUR CHICKEN LOOP.
I traveled up the coast of Australia with my tether and wrapped it around picnic tables, volleyball net posts, trees and fences as there was no other kiters around for the most part. Works like a charm every time! I asked a female kiter in Melbourne if she could launch my 14m SB and she said the kite was too big for her to launch. I almost pissed myself laughing and went and tethered to a volleyball post. First time to hear that one. I have a little Japanese girl half her size launching my 17m all the time here. Funny how people view things differently around the world.