Here's how to reinforce the towing points...
Now go over to the right
side of the sail and do exactly the same thing with another 3 pieces of
tape. The pieces of tape that stick out are where you will attach the
bridle line. This method of creating Sled towing points is surprisingly strong and can take a lot of
punishment in gusty air.
All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the
large photo below. Look and read carefully, and you can't go wrong on
this rather important bit!
If you are new to this, you might need instructions on how to tie the following knots...
Once your kite + bridle looks like the photo up there...
Fold the kite so it looks like the Template diagram at the top of this page. The 2 spars should be touching each other along their entire length. Stretch out the bridle loop across the floor in a straight line. If the Prusik knot is not right at the end, adjust it so it is.
At this point, you've pretty much finished making the Dowel Sled!
See the photo over there, where the Lark's Head has been left loose.
Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a big light-wind kite and it can be a handful in fresh wind. Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by taking loop after loop off the winder.
Be very cautious about letting line slip through your fingers, since this kite can easily give you line-burn!
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters of line. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
The launch picture up there shows the Sled on its way up, in a light and gusty breeze.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Sled kite!
In case you have any difficulties, the e-book instructions for this kite go into more detail about flying issues. There are even some suggested mods that will make this kite less temperamental in rough or gusty conditions.
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
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