Delta Double Box Kite for Fishing

by Peter O.
(Oamaru, New Zealand)

Delta sail extended

Delta sail extended

Delta sail extended
Delta sail folded in

Here's two pics of a kite I made for myself for surf fishing. I just Googled 'Lifting kites' and so much stuff came up it was incredible.

Anyway, the kite is 2300mm tip to tip, 780mm long. 270mm triangle 'box' section (twin), 235mm centre section. Fully adjustable yoke thingy for height and flying 'into the wind'. The first time I flew it it went fully vertical (Well, 85*).

Adjusted the yoke and it went out on the angle/height I wanted, which was 6m above the ground. Perfect for dropping a line in with three baited hooks and a sand anchor weight on 1500mm leader. Get it out past the breakers.

Made from an old 'kid's tent/teepee' thing (lightweight nylon fabric) with pine spars. Thinking I need to upgrade them to F/Glass for the amount of stress they cop. Mind you, I made it so it can fold to be basically a twin box kite. There's WAY too much lift in strong wing otherwise.

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DAMN!
by: Peter O

I made it far too big. Whilst making it (in Tauranga) the wind was blowing gently off-shore, with wind from the SW too. Hence the need for an adjustable yoke to take it out. LOL.

Once I'd finished it started blowing on-shore. C'est la vie.

Haven't dared try it again in Oamaru. Not with the Nor' Westers or the strong Southerlies. Will let you know.

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Your Delta Conyne
by: Tim Parish

Nice one - sounds like you got a fairly ideal combination of strength, weight and sail area on the first try!

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