Looking for a fast way to
the length of your lines without re-sleeving your Spectra? You might want to add a
calibrated knot attachment to your quad or dual line handles or straps.
You can use as many
knots as you like and it makes line adjustment easy and fast without having to re-sleeve
This tip works on most sport kites sold
Use thin line to "safety wire" whiskers and battens to the kite. Mono (fishing
line) now comes in diameters smaller than a human hair . Leave enough slack so the kite
can still be broken down. The added weight is undetectable and it will save hunting
through long grass or snow (usually unsuccessfully) for lost stand offs and battens.
Taking the time to protect your kite before you fly it will be rewarded with more
flying hours and less time buying replacement parts.
Vinyl tips found on most kite parts
(such as stand-offs) should be checked every now and then for looseness, if you can pull
them off with your fingernail, it's time to re-glue them with a small amount of Super
Glue. Also check for loose stoppers, do-hickeys etc. for signs of loosening.
Flying a sport or single line kite with a
long tube tail following every move can add to the enjoyment already found in kite flying.
While a ripstop nylon tail would be great, the cost is brutal compared to a plastic tube
tail. The plastic tail is not as sturdy as a nylon tail, especially if you fly in winter
or in higher winds. To make your inexpensive tails last far longer, a simple tape
re-enforcement can be used, and by adding a swivel clip you can easily clip it on or off
your kite as desired! Remember to attach your clip in a fashion that allows the tail to
inflate by only attaching it to one side of the tail's opening.
Bee's wax ( available at craft
stores ) applied to the bridle line where it passes through the
swivel ring / bridle
adjustment knot area will help keep your bridle adjustments from slipping. It is a high
friction wax so don't apply it to your fly lines.
Have to replace that upper leading edge but want
to keep the ferrule ?
Dunking the Super Glued piece in hot water will loosen it up in most cases.
3-4 minute dunk would enable us to recover the ferrule for use on the new spar.
If the manufacturer's bridle setting mark is
wearing off the adjustable bridle, or you've found your kites ultimate settings, sew a
bright thread through the bridle line at the swivel ring as a marker. Use one
the manufactures setting and different colors for your favorite high/low wind settings.
It never wears off and makes fine tuning extremely easy.
Nylon tent repair tape, available
anywhere quality tents are sold, is a good emergency fix for a small hole or tear in your
kite. Cut it in a round patch to reduce future peeling, place on both sides of the hole,
and allow 2 days for the adhesive to cure for best results.
If you're using enhanced
Spectra that does not require sleeving ( or you don't believe in sleeving your 100%
Spectra ), it's a good idea to tie a double loop at the tow point end of your line. One
loop acts as the lark's head loop, while the second allows you to grasp and release your
lark's head when it comes time to change to another kite. This will save damaging the fine
spectra fiber with your fingernails every time you want to release the lark's head knot.
Shock cord is available in the tent
section of most hardware stores. It usually comes in 18 foot sections. It makes a good
emergency fix to keep your kite flying when you don't have access to the
bungee cord that
your manufacturer used.
Surveyors tape (most hardware stores)
makes for a suitable tail. It comes in neon colors usually 150 feet long. It's very light
and works well with a swivel and clip. It's not as good as a tube tail, but if your budget
specifies something less expensive........
Broken spars are a sign that you're
enjoying your kite and broadening your talents (hey, they're WAY cheaper than green's
If you see a spar start to crack, it may be possible to save it while you wait for the
replacement. Super glue around the inside of the cracking spar will reinforce it. When
your replacement comes in, you can save the repaired spar for a spare.
If your spars are constantly breaking near the same area, first make sure you are using
quality spars, if so, try one or two wraps of fiberglass tape (packing tape) around the
area where the break normally occurs.
If your spars are breaking
clean at the entrance to the "T" connector (and you are using quality
replacement parts), bevelling the "T" connector may help your spars last longer.
"T" connectors can be gently bevelled (1/2 mm) with a drill bit slightly larger
than the entrance diameter of the "T" to reduce the stress on the spar at the
joint. If you have access to smaller diameter fiberglass rod , gluing a 3" section of
it up the center of your spar where it meets the "T" will greatly extend its
Attaching lines with
swivel clips from your workroom ceiling, will allow you to hang your kites and inspect
them for damage, repair/re-glue them, modify them or just admire them. When you're done,
raise the clips so you don't get one in the eye when you least expect it .
When you have lost / shattered a spar, you don't
always need a direct replacement part. In most cases the make/size you require is stamped
on the spar itself. Just order up a few of them and cut them down to the correct length
for the application. You may want to order some stoppers to glue to the spar where it
enters the center "T" as well as some standoff connectors if they were lost.
Clear tubing cut to a 1/4" long = stopper, cut to 1.5" long with a hole drilled
through the side = standoff connector.