Kite For Reno Wind

by Gary
(Reno, NV, USA)

Q:

I haven't built a kite in 45 years, the wind in Reno, Nevada is strong. What do you suggest besides retirement?

A:

I was actually in a similar boat before I started this website ;-) Maybe for about 35 yrs - anyway...

My Dowel Box kite (fresh wind version) can handle quite a lot of wind. Although I don't have free instructions for it on my site, the ebook for it contains everything you could possibly need to complete it successfully and get it into the air.

All you need is 3/16" wooden dowel, wood glue, some drop-sheet plastic and packing tape.

50 pound Dacron line would be perfect for flying this kite in stiff winds.

Check out this real-life story of how the Dowel Box kite flew for me one day. I would say it might be quite handy for entertainment during retirement...

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

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

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

Strong ...
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

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