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 How to make your kite last longer

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PostSubject: How to make your kite last longer   Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:51 pm

Some very good points here:

How To Make Your Kite Last Longer:



1. Sand. Sand is every kite’s worst enemy. Before packing together your kite, make sure to remove all or at least as much as possible of the sand from the kite. Sand wears out materials, increases the risk of occurrence of holes and tears up the canopy and other fabric material

2. Do not pack down a wet kite. To wash your kite is not always necessary (but certainly not wrong). But if you wash your after each session, make sure it dries properly before packing it down. To pack down a wet kite is usually not a problem as long as you pack it up again shortly after. Beware though that it doesn’t take many days for a wet kite to get discolored (some kites are more sensible than other to discoloration) and in the long run start mold and smell bad.

3. Rig and pump the kite as close to the water as possible. By walking with an inflated kite over a long distance you increase the risk of scratching your kite on the ground and the lines might get stuck in branches, stones, bushes etc.

4. The Pump. When packing down your pump, get in the habit to remove the hose. By constantly letting the hose stay connected to the pump you´ll quickly end up having bendings and after a while even holes in the hose.

5. The control bar and the lines. Keep your lines free from knots and always wash your bar in fresh water if you´ve been kiting in salt water. A knot on a line decrease its strength by more than 50%, which increases the risk that you snap it when you least want it to happen. The reason to why you
should wash the control bar (and the lines) in fresh water is because salt water breakes down the lines over time.

6. Avoid launching the kite yourself. Launching a kite by letting it “walk” along the ground wears it more than necessary. If you do a self-launch, use a “dogbone” or walk out in the water and launch the kite from there.

7. Avoid twisting the bladder. Make sure that the kite is flat and completely rolled out before you start pumping it. To let the kite “roll up” by itself when you pump, you might if you´re unlucky, twist the bladder inside the tube. Also, do not stick the nozzle of the pump to deep in the valve since this can stretch out the valve opening.

8. Use your kitebag. Always pack down your kite in its bag when you´re about to transport it. Do not just throw it into the trunk on your car where board fins and other sharp objects easily can make cuts your kite.

9. Beware for waves. If you’ve dropped your kite in the water where it gets awash with waves, let it go. This is of course nothing you want to do if not absolutely necessary, but be aware that big breaking waves can stretch out the canopy or even rip your kite apart.

10. Sun and wind. Do not leave your kite to flutter in the wind and do not leave it in the sun longer than necessary. Too much sun makes the material brittle and the colors get bleached. Letting the canopy fluttering in the wind will wear the canopy in the long run.

11. If you notice that a line, pigtail, bridle, chicken loop or whatever is getting a bit worn out, replace it! To snap a line or break a bridle out in the sea can lead to much worse damage on your kite as it might start looping and only God knows where deathloops will end.



Some of these points may be difficult to follow to the letter. This is however not the idea, but by keeping these small tips in mind you will hopefully be able to keep your kite in a better condition and prevent it to get exposed to unnecessary wear.
Happy kiting!

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PostSubject: Re: How to make your kite last longer   Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:57 pm

blast wrote:


4. The Pump. When packing down your pump, get in the habit to remove the hose. By constantly letting the hose stay connected to the pump you´ll quickly end up having bendings and after a while even holes in the hose.

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Plus one on that! Must have gone through hundreds for I started taking it off! Other thing you gotta watch is dropping it hose side down onto the sand after you've pumped up your kite and you drop the pump to turn the kite over.

Man we need some wind...!
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PostSubject: Re: How to make your kite last longer   Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:48 pm

How To Make Your Kite Last Longer:
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PostSubject: Re: How to make your kite last longer   Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:17 am

Good tips there. Add this one to the list too. Never pack your kite on the patio, always better to pack on grass/sand/carpet(!) to avoid abrasion to the canopy. I had been packing on my patio, but one of my kites has the LE valves pointing slightly up towards the canopy. Result when it's turned over is that they're pointing downwards. Then, they create a pressure point between the canopy and the floor. When moving it about whilst packing the pressure of the valve has made a hole in the canopy material as a result. Luckily I caught it early and a sticky patch each side rectified the problem, but could have been much worse.
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PostSubject: keep that kite like new   Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:21 am

Hi Mark
I AGREE WITH ALL YOUR TAKE CARE COMMENTS BUT!

When i started kiting 2003 i bought a 12M C kite, and its still like new, no not because i looked after it like you suggest. But cos i got lofted 20 foot into the air on its first use, and my first go at kiting, so have left it in the bag ever since.
IT WILL SOON HAVE CLASSIC STATUS AND BE COLLECTABLE EYH!

SO THATS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR KITE IN GOOD NICK!

CLARKY - LLANELLI
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