Braided vs Twisted Dacron
Hello. I have a 2m by 1m Delta kite and I'm looking for line. From my own research (please correct me if I am wrong), it looks like I'll need 30lb Dacron line but I see a braided and a twisted kind, and I'm not sure which to choose.
I'm also a little confused about how to attach it to the kite and my reel. I think when attaching to the kite, I'm supposed to use a clip or a carabiner of some sort, so if you could explain that, I would appreciate it.
And one last question, when putting in the spars, I'm always afraid of ripping the kite since it takes a lot of force to get them in. Will it rip? Is there a trick to it?
"I'll need 30lb Dacron line but I see a braided and a twisted kind"
30 pounds sounds about right for the size Delta you have. 50 pounds would give you a little more margin to allow for when the line gets old, trampled on and full of knots ;-) Not to mention the occasional freak gust of wind.
As for braided vs twisted - it doesn't make any practical difference to the kite, but the braided type is easier to handle. Less prone to tangle and easier to put knots in, which you might pay a little extra for.
"how to attach it to the kite and my reel"
Kite: You mention using a clip or carabiner, so I'm assuming the Delta has a small eyelet in the tip of the keel. A small light carabiner certainly could be used, inserted through the eyelet and a Double Loop knot in the end of the flying line. The Double version of the simple Loop knot ensures the line is less weakened by the knot at that point. Another advantage is that the Double Loop is easy to remember compared to some fancier alternatives such as the Figure Eight!
You really don't need to buy anything extra though. Just take a 0.5m (2 feet) length of flying line and tie a small Double Loop into one end. Tie the other end securely through the eyelet in the keel. I would use a Double Wrap Slip knot to ensure it can't pull through! You might need to tie the terminating knot (a small Loop) after threading the line through the eyelet, if the eyelet is rather small.
There's at least one Lost Kite story (by a visitor) on this site that mentions a kite lost through the use of the 'wrong knot'. ;-) A big Delta over the sea, if I remember right...
OK, with this short line attached to your kite, it is an easy matter to Lark's Head your flying line to the kite just before you plan to launch.
Reel: Assuming you have a simple circular reel with walls on it, like a Halo reel, just Lark's head the line to it. Instead of the Lark's Head closing around the tiny diameter of a piece of line, you open it right out and hence let it close around the full diameter of the reel hub. Get what I mean? The result is secure, although the Loop knot will slip easily around the hub when there are no loops of line wound on.
Anyone with plenty of experience with fancier wind-on reels might like to drop in with a comment here :-)
"putting in the spars, I'm always afraid of ripping the kite since it takes a lot of force to get them in"
The leading edge spars, I assume... If both sides feel about the same, every time, I guess that's just the way it's made. Continue to be careful, and there's probably no harm in leaving the spars in. With just the spreader removed, the kite is still very stowable when rolled up.
Any 'retail Delta' experts out there want to comment?
Happy flying with that big Delta kite!