Satisfying Sled

by K.D.
(California)

One day, I decided to make the two skewer sled kite. I made it out of a very thin garbage bag and some "spars" from long but strong bamboo spars.

The first time I took it out, there was a moderate and changing wind with occasional gusts. This weather proved to be too much for the sled and made it deflate and swing around a lot. There was no one watching at the park because of the virus lockdown.

On the second outing, there was a very light breeze with occasional gusts. The sled kite flew favorably, was easy to control, and stayed up for some time. However, it only made it to 50 ft before the wind died off and fell.

All in all, making and flying this kite has been truly satisfying. I think I'll make the 2 skewer diamond next.

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Altitude
by: Tim P.

Using lighter flying line will always result in an improvement - but of course, you can go too far and lose the kite if the line parts!

Using lighter spars with similar stiffness and using the minimum required amount of tail for the conditions will also help.

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Sled Altitude
by: K.D.

What should I do if I want to increase the sled kite's altitude?

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Sled kites in gusty conditions
by: Tony Sangster

Glad to hear you got your sled kite flying. I am unsure whether yours had a vent in the design but a vent sems to be useful to dampen down the skittishness of sleds in gusty wind conditions. Best wishes.

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2 skewer sled
by: Ian

The 2 skewer sled was one of the first mbk kites I made and of those earliest kites I made it still gets flown regularly as its such a reliable flyer over a broad wind range. It's also just good to watch as it moves around quite a bit but at a relatively low line angle so your neck doesn't get sore trying to watch it. Enjoy it.

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Skewer sleds
by: Tim P.

Glad you had some success! If you re-sail the kite in heavier plastic and add a short tail to both spars, it will behave itself over a wider range of wind speeds. And it will still be respectable in light wind.

Have fun with the 2-Skewer Diamond!

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