LOVE the Barn Door!

by Marcy Marchello
(Massachusetts, USA)



My second MBK kite and another very satisfying build-and-fly experience. With one more dowel than the diamond, the barn door needs just a little more wind to launch but is still a big easy flyer. Since they launch in very light winds, I can enjoy being out in the cold without much breeze while flying.

It almost disappears in the high blue sky at dusk, then reappears as the kite lowers into the horizon colors of pink and purple. One person walking by commented - "it looks like a big jellyfish in the sky!". With the translucent sail it really does remind me of a jellyfish in the ocean too, especially as the stars come out! I continue to enjoy evening flying with these MBK kites in winter - very poetic and soul nourishing!

Thanks again Tim!

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by: Marcy Marchello

Fun to surprise you with the door in the snow! Tell me more about adjusting the bridle for stronger wind. Shift the prusik knot higher on the line? I am curious about approximate wind range the good ol' barn door can handle.

I'm experimenting soon with 2 tails and I added some reflective tape to enhance my dusk flying visuals. Hope to get back out there soon!

(Note from T.P. - try shifting the knot an inch or 2 higher, and be ready to also shift the upper bridle loop knot left or right (1/4" at a time) if the kite shows signs of consistently turning in one direction. The tails will also help by providing more weather-cock stability. You might be able to keep it in the air up to around 25kph!)

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Kites in the snow.
by: Tim Parish

I realize it's winter over there, but the photo of the BarnDoor kite laying on snow still surprised me! Have never pictured my designs flying in snowy environments, since here in South Australia, snow is such a rarity. Just a few short-lived flakes dusting the tops of the nearby range of hills, once in a blue moon.

You should find that, with careful adjustment of the bridle, your BarnDoor will also put up with a lot more wind strength than the Diamond.

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7