'Cayman' Peter Powell Stunt Kite

by Carrol
(Montreal, Québec, Canada)

Q:

I just found in my attic this amazing multi-liner kite I purchased in Florida 30 years ago.

It is still in a very good condition. However, I don't clearly remember how to reassemble it. We are going on the beach next week and would love to have my grandsons have a try of it.

Can you find and send me assembly instructions and schematic please. It would be greatly appreciated.

We are leaving this Friday the 27th.

Thanks for your help...

A:

I'm scratching my head a bit here... Don't think its possible to get you actual instructions for this kite, either as an image or on paper, in time.

However, take a good hard look at the photo on this page:

http://www.my-best-kite.com/peter-powell-stunt-kite.html

Notice that there is a small fitting right at the top, into which the vertical spar (longest) and the 2 leading edge spars (shorter) fit.

Next, a horizontal spar (or 'spreader') attaches to the leading edge spars, quite close to those small cut-outs in the sail, 2 on each leading edge (upper edges, as the kite flies). Probably, there are small fittings for the spreader tips to locate in.

About those 'small cutouts' - something has just stirred in the depths of the kiting database in my skull ;-) It's possible that the 2 holes closest to the nose are where the flying lines go, for a more sensitive flying 'feel'. To tame the kite down a bit, you would re-attach the 2 flying lines to the leading edge spars through the lower pair of holes instead.

In other words, this kite has 2 settings, a bit like the transmission on some modern cars - 'economy' and 'performance'!

Also notice from the photo where the bridle lines go - there should be an attachment point on each leading edge spar, not far from the spreader tip on each side.

Hope this gets you started. If worst comes to worst, drop in at a kite shop somewhere and see if a staff member can help complete the setup.

Have fun on Friday!

And perhaps someone who has seen or flown an actual Cayman stunt kite could drop a comment in here with some further clarification? Thanks!

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