Conversion Of 2 String Delta To Single String
(Adelaide, SA, Australia)
Hi Tim, the kite is a delta SKYSAILER so I would like to know how to rig a ..BRIDLE...? So that I can use it with one string with my grandchildren. I live in Glenelg, South Australia. The distance between the 2 rings at full stretch is approximately 38cm.
This should be pretty straightforward, although I've never seen it done. I'm assuming that you still have the original flying lines. Here's my suggestion...
Select some flying line that is the same material (for example Dacron) as your original lines, but is clearly thicker. Just one line now has to take the full strain of the kite in flight. Alternatively, if you know the strength rating (for example, 80 pounds) of the original lines, get some line of any type, so long as it is rated at least 50% more in strength.
To make a single-line bridle...
- Measure out and cut off about 5 wing-spans length of your new line.
- Attach one end to one side of the kite, just as the old flying line was attached. Attach the other end of the line to the other side of the kite in the same way. Let's call this the 'bridle loop'.
- Measure out and cut off about half a wing-span length of line. Let's call this the 'short bridle line'.
- Attach one end of the short bridle line to the middle of the bridle loop, with a sliding knot such as the Prusik.
- Tie a Loop knot into the free end of the short bridle line.
After tying a Loop knot into your remaining flying line, you can easily Lark's Head
it onto the short bridle line, making the kite ready to fly.
- If you will never need your new flying line for any other kite, you can simplify things a bit by just tying it directly onto the bridle loop with a Prusik knot. No need for the short bridle line, in other words.
- Test the kite in fairly light winds at first, carefully slipping the Prusik knot one way or the other until the kite climbs straight up and remains straight at its maximum height. No leaning one way or the other, which will only get worse as wind speed increases.
- If you are disciplined enough to only fly in light to gentle winds (below 20 kph or so) you should be able to get away with flying the kite on one of the original lines, including making the extra bridle lines. This also opens up the possibility of knotting them both together with a Multi-strand Double knot to fly on almost double the length of one original flying line.
Have fun with your new single-liner, all of you! A smooth sea breeze over the sand would be an ideal testing environment :-)
Would any dual-line fanatics like to comment, if you have ever done anything similar?