3 Line Foil SetupFlexifoil 3.3M
If you want to use a bar with your 4 line foils, this is a good option. You can take advantage of the brake lines for use in "Parking" the kite, as a "Deadman" safety system and Reverse Launch. You loose some of the fine control input of handles but for me the trade off is worth it. Parts: o A Bar with a hole or Fairlead (barhole.jpg) o About 25ft of Leader material (I like Spectra) o 2 rope stoppers (figure8.jpg) o A third flying line equal to or slightly shorter than your main flying lines. Use the same strength if possible. If this line breaks, you could be in a world of hurt. o Extra 10-15ft piece of flying line for "Y" (yline.jpg) o Small Harken air block or small ring (traveler.jpg) o Somthing to stake your kite to (overview.jpg) o Perhaps a helper when you get to the tuning stage Procedure: o If you have not already, connect some leader line to the main flying lines on your bar. I use about 6 ft. The main reason for this is that my third line is the same lenght as my flying lines. The third line needs to be shorter than the flying lines but I had to cut them. I add longer leaders to the main lines to avoid cutting down the third line. o Run the leader for the third line through the bar. Place a stopper on the riderside and kiteside of the bar with figure 8 knots. Don't tighten them. You will be adjusting the position of the knots later. (barhole and figure8.jpg) o Connect the 3rd flying line to the 3rd line leader. Run it out to your block or ring. I use a pigtail to connect to the my block (traveler.jpg) I call this assembly a Traveler. I think I remember somthing similar to this when I use to sail boats. o Connect your brake lines together with a 10-15ft piece of line. Run this line through the block or ring. You will need to experiment with the lenght so don't cut or tie hard knots in it yet. Here's a picture of the "Y" line connecting the brake lines and going through the traveler (yline.jpg) o Connect your kite to the lines to the kite. Tuning: o Have a helper now if you can. Also try this in light wind first... o Set the riderside stopper so that there is enough slack so you can fly the kite in 2 line mode. If the riderside stopper is too close to the kite it will put on some brakes and the kite will not fly well. Here's the location of the riderside stopper (overview.jpg) o Land the kite with the help of your helper o Pull in on the third line while holding the bar. This will engage the brakes. The kite might flop around. Let out the line (releasing the brakes some). The Kite will want to "sit up". Try to get it to look like tuned.jpg. The trailing edge will be tucked a little. The kite will not take off but just sit there down wind. o When you find this position, tie a figure 8 knot for the kiteside stopper barhole.jpg. When you hold the third line leader the bar will slide to the kiteside stopper. The kite should just sit there and not flop around much kiteparked.jpg You should be able to put the 3rd leader line around your anchor and walk away overview.jpg o Now fly the kite again. Move the riderside stopper closer to the kite. You will notice the slack go out of the 3rd line when flying. You can test where the best spot for the stopper by pulling on the 3rd line while flying the kite hooked into the harness line. The less line you have out on the 3rd line, the less drag so you will like to make it as tight as possible without affecting the flight of the kite. The traveler lets you have the 3rd line tighter without screwing up the flight of the kite. Try tying the 3rd line directly to the "Y" and you'll see what I mean. Testing: o Once you think you have it all setup, Connect the third leader line to you or your harness. Testing in light wind, you should be able to let go of the bar at any time and the kite should "fall out of the sky" and eventually rest in the parked position kiteparked.jpg o Reverse launch; if the kite lands or crashes leading edge down, all you should have to do is let go of the bar and pull or tug on the third line (attached to you or your harness) The kite should reverse and flip back over to it's trailing edge. Sometimes it takes a bit of finesse to make this happen but practice it. once the kite is in position kiteparked.jpg, grab the bar and let go of the 3rd line. Followups: o video of reverse launch? o show how to wind lines on bar and pack kite.. o etc...