MBK Sled Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Sleds

Every MBK Sled kite is very easy to set up before flying, this being the beauty of Sleds in general. Just attach the flying line and you're away. Even the giant Multi-Dowel version is very quick to rig compared to the others in its class.

Making The MBK Dowel Sled Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download.

The diamond-shaped cut-outs near the lower edge of the sail were a bit of an experiment at first. But I received feedback that kids liked the look, so the cut-outs stayed!

Here's a short-format flight report featuring the Multi-Dowel kite. No cut-outs on this one, which is too much for a child to handle anyway...

"The MBK Muscle Kite"

I refer, of course, to the Multi-Dowel Sled which at one point cranked the spring scales up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) today. That doesn't compare with most multi-line parafoils during a typical work-out, but it's exciting stuff for a single-line enthusiast! The wind was light and gusty, but the average strength crept up as we flew for an hour or so.

The hard-pulling Multi-Dowel Sled

Initially, it took a few attempts to get the big Sled high enough to keep going. Being in the wind shadow of a large football club building was not helpful, but the wind direction didn't allow for much choice.

At times, the Sled would begin to sink out in very light wind, before surging up again in the gusts. Quite a few times, the kite made it right overhead, with several kilos on the scales most of the time. One end of the scales were hooked onto the oval railing, going through a hole in a metal latch. The other end was attached to the kite. I just made a long loop of the flying line, passed it 3 times around and through the ring, then tied it off with 2 Half Hitches. This never shifted, the whole time the kite was up.

The air was very active, and for the first time ever, the huge 2-Dowel Sled needed my assistance once or twice. Any Sled kite directly overhead will become a 'bag of washing' if the airflow holding it up suddenly stops! Some quick pulling-in of line was necessary to re-inflate the kite before it lost too much height. Generally though, the 2-Dowel Sled with its 3 spars is exceptionally stable and well-behaved.

Towards the end of the flying session, I did a quick shoulder-high sampling of the wind speed. The meter recorded about 11kph average gusting to 19kph. Wow - this taped-up MBK Sled kite can cope with the lower part of the moderate wind range without tearing anything...

Tim's Blog Posts
Featuring MBK Sled Kites

Since these are short-format reports, they are grouped together. One page covers all the dowel-sparred kites while the other covers the bamboo-skewer kites...

MBK Sled Kite Posts - Dowel

MBK Sled Kite Posts - Skewer

If you are in the habit of checking the 'what's new!' link, you might remember some of these.

Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Sled Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Sled kite of one type or another. Plus photos and video clips!

A Learning Experience With My First Truly BIG Kite (Multi-Dowel)

Fewer Collapses, Much Higher And Longer Flights (Dowel)

Just Hanging As The Sun Goes Down (Dowel)

Rough Moderate Winds - No Problem! (3-Skewer)

First High Flight In A Gusty Breeze (2-Skewer)

First Time Out, And Loving The Moderate Breeze! (1-Skewer)

Making The MBK Dowel Sled Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download.

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What's New!

  1. Soft Kite Posts - Sled

    Sep 26, 18 06:00 AM

    This previously published page is a compilation of short Flight Reports. All describing outings with the MBK Soft Sled design. Enjoy...

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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