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Old 07 February 2012, 05:48   #11
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So's Mollers, but no-one's ever said "Hello sailor!" to him, have they?
Shall I be the first then "Hello Sailor"
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Old 07 February 2012, 10:01   #12
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I have a few powerkites and im not sure it would work!

They work best by being moved through the "powerzone" depending on which way the wind is. if you just tied it off and left it the kite would fly to the top of the arc (effecticly overhead) and wouldnt produce any significant forward pull.

If you were able to work the kite through the wind arc it would generate forward pull but would be limited to making sure you stayed in the boat and transfered the forward energy to the boat itself.

i have had one to many pies in my life and am the wrong side of 16 stone and my 6.4 meter kite has taken me a good 15 feet in the air no problem. harnessing the power (lift or directional pull) would be the difficulty.

love to see it tried tho! there was a company selling BIG kites for ships some time ago so maybe it would work!
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Yes it is possible

I have a customer who've installed a kite wing on his Zodiac Hurricane 920 OB, I have some pictures of it and the system he designed to make it work. It worked very well, he managed to get some speed out of it. Would love to show you some pictures but they are not mine, so I would have to ask before.

He used Omega kites; have a look at that: Ecotroll: Propulsions par Aile de Kite Omega Sails
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Old 07 February 2012, 13:08   #14
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This is what I was thinking about

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Old 07 February 2012, 13:32   #15
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I'm sure if you flew one of these box kites attached to the bow, it would trawl you along quite well for fishing. The beauty of the box kite is once up and flying, it does not need any attention. As you said, change of colour would be wise don't want the life boat scrambled.


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Old 07 February 2012, 18:03   #16
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I have a few powerkites and im not sure it would work!

They work best by being moved through the "powerzone" depending on which way the wind is. if you just tied it off and left it the kite would fly to the top of the arc (effecticly overhead) and wouldnt produce any significant forward pull.

If you were able to work the kite through the wind arc it would generate forward pull but would be limited to making sure you stayed in the boat and transfered the forward energy to the boat itself.
I think it would depend on how the kite is trimmed. The way the lines are delivered the kite is designed to 'sit' at the top and not pull if the rear of the kite is lowered by shortening the rear lines then it would fly lower and produce a more horizontal pull.

I "triple decked" the kids two line stunt kites several years back and the pull from these was almost two much for me to hold. These two lines stunt kites would fly with the lines at about 60 degrees to the horizontal when the two lines are held together.
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oops!

Big thanks for all the support and info guys, that all made for some fantastic and very interesting infomation, I definataly want one of them white cone kites, thats just the style I was thinking of, because you could just fix the end of the line to one of those cheap 3/4 ton 12v winches, and power in or out with ease, detatch kite pack away sorted, infact as mentioned in that article there are other uses of gaining great height at sea, I know i've been in situations before now where i've lost radio signal from being at 2 meter from sea level, fortunaly only performing a radio check, however im thinking of getting a bigger aerial.
I must say I would have replied sooner to the great responce, but i've been doing a bit of flying myself today, turns out the L200 pictured reversing my rib back in her bay, is actually not very good at flying at all, infact after hitting black ice this morning at about 45 ish mph and sliding sideways then dramaticaly regaining traction whilst faceing head on with the hedge at 40?mph, I hit the hedge heavy on the front passengers side on the other side of the road, then became airborn for what seamed like 5 sec previosly to slaming down full pass side roof, ending up hanging from the seat belt as she came to rest on the near side, fortunatly I was alone and there where no injuries, so thank you again guys for those threads they really perked me up, plus I love the banter on here, there's nowt like a good laugh lad, whether your an inshore or offshore rubber boater,
Damn I wish I had my video camera this morning i'd definataly have that £250 of YBF.
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oops! capsized

Here she be.
2005 import L200 Warrior, 40 something k, all round BFG all terrain, was in A1 perfecto.
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Here she be.
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Never mind, at least you can buy a decent 4x4 like a Land Rover with the insurance money Glad no-one got hurt.
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I think it would depend on how the kite is trimmed. The way the lines are delivered the kite is designed to 'sit' at the top and not pull if the rear of the kite is lowered by shortening the rear lines then it would fly lower and produce a more horizontal pull.

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maybe so, i think it depends on the shape and design of the kite. on my 4 line kites, the rear lines are break lines and change the shape of the kite to remove almost all power (ram air style kites) thus letting the kite fall back down through the wind arc without pulling you across the field as it does so.


if its been done already there must be a solition. think i might have to look at putting a kite up as we come back into the river on a busy sunday afternoon. all the other sailors seem to get away with it!
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