Taping, Cutting The Central Vents
Central vents taped
Check that all six of the side vents
have been done, and then...
- Lay lengths of sticky tape around the the six
central vents, as shown in the photo. As before, tape
outlines are marked in yellow to make them easier to see.
- Snip along the red lines with scissors
to prepare the vents for being opened out.
Opening The Central Vents
done just like the side vents, except that some of the measurements
are a little different...
Central vents opened
row of 3 first, spreading the slits to 5cm (2”), like the side
vents. Cover with plastic rectangles cut to 5cm x 12cm (2” x 4
row of 3, spreading the slits to 7cm (2 3/4”). Cover with plastic
rectangles cut to 7cm x 12cm (2 3/4” x 4 3/4”).
The Central Hole
The central hole is a feature of the full-size
parachute and provides a little extra stability. On the kite, the
triangular shape is a bit of a visual feature too!
Measure and mark dots
Measure and mark three dots on the plastic by
following the arrows marked on the photo above. (Accuracy is less
important here, so we are not bothering with folding, tracing and so
Marking, Cutting, Taping The Central Hole
Marked, cut and taped
ruler to connect the dots, as in the photo on the left.
- Cut all
around the triangle with scissors.
the corners by placing small strips of sticky tape, as shown in
in the photo on the right.
How To Make A Parasail Kite...
The Bridle And Patch
Bridle Attachment Points
Placing attachment point tapes
Place a 5cm (2") length of sticky tape
over one corner of the sail as can be seen in the photo on the left.
With the help of a yellow rectangle! Also, place it half on and half
off - but try not to let the 'off' bit stick to the floor or
- Flip the sail over and stick another
similar piece of tape right over the first one. Press them together
where they leave the plastic. The photo on the right shows the tapes
at this point. Don't worry if it curves up a bit, as it does in the
- You know what's
coming... Work your way around the outside edge of the sail, adding
two bits of tape to every corner. Each pair will point
straight at the center of the sail.
Attachment point tape crushed and tied
Cut off a piece of the flying line, 2.5m
- Tie one end of the line to a pair of towing
point tapes, as in the photo. Use any knot you know but make it
tight, to crush the tape. A reliable method I prefer is to
use a Double
Wrap Slip knot. It helps to fold the tape in half before winding
the line around and tightening the knot.
Finishing The Attachment Points
More attachment points tied
You've done one piece of line already. Now
cut off 17 more pieces to the same length.
- Tie the lines on all around the sail, at the
remaining attachment points. It'll take a while, but think how cool
it will look in flight.
Adjust Bridle Lines
Bridle lines tied to length
- Make a
mark on one of the bridle lines, 1.5m (5ft) away from it's
the bridle lines, letting the sail hang down as in the photo.
the lines loosely, carefully pull various towing points down until
they all seem to be at about the same level.
along to the 1.5m (5ft) mark, being careful not to lose the
alignment you made in the previous step, and knot
the entire bundle.
Just a Multi-Strand
Simple knot will do. See the photo below...
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
free lines below the knot into a compact bundle. I just stretched
them out all together and then folded in half several times.
the bundle with a generous amount of tape. Stretchy electrical tape
is ideal. The weight will help the kite to perform as a parachute
when the wind drops.
Adding The Weight Patch
Heavy plastic patch stuck on and weighted some more
Spread the central vents portion of the
completed sail flat, with marks and tape facing up.
- Cut a piece of fairly heavy plastic to a
rectangular shape, so it fits just above the two lowest bridle
lines. The lowest central vent opening is visible just above the
patch, in the photo.
- Stick all sides of the patch to the sail.
- Add a few strips of heavy tape, such as
electrical tape, to the patch for added weight.
All rolled up and ready to stow
- If you've just been flying, remove the flying
- Starting from the big knot in the bridle
lines, enclose them in finger and thumb and slide right down to the
- With all the bridle lines together, squash
the sail into a narrow cylinder and then roll or fold it up into a
- Wind the bridle lines around sail, as in the
photo above. All ready to stow or take somewhere!
Nothing to it - attach line, catch breeze
After unrolling the kite at a flying field, your flying line can be tied behind the big bridle knot. That's it, you're ready to fly.
Alternatively, you can Lark's Head the flying line behind the knot. This makes it easier to attach the flying line and take it off again.
Avoid flying in very windy weather. Add more weight, bit by bit, to the weight patch if the kite wanders a long way to the left and right. The photo shows an earlier approach of mine, where the patch was between two bridle lines, rather than on the sail itself.
Tails are optional. If you want to, tie simple rectangular streamers from the lowest four bridle attachment points. That is, near the bottom of the sail as seen in flight.
Hope you enjoyed learning how to make my Parasail kite design!
Consider using my e-book Making Soft Kites to try any of the 5 spar-less designs in there. Hi-res, close-up photos help you through.
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