Testing the MBK Dowel Sled
The simplest kind of Sled is just a single sheet of sail material with a couple of vertical sticks attached.
simple bridle loop is attached to the left and right extremities of the
sail. No adjustments, no fuss. Just unroll, attach a flying line and
you're up and away!
See our big orange MBK Dowel Sled in the photo, being tested for the first time. As I remember, gusts can pull on tension very quickly with this type of kite. If it catches you by surprise, you can end up with line-burn to a finger or 2!
As you can see, this design flies very nicely without tails! You can add them if you want to, just for looks.
Personally, I like the convenience of tail-less kites. Nothing to blow
around in the wind and get tangled while the kite is being handled on
We've been to a few kite festivals over the years
and taken plenty of photos. There's a few Sled pictures among them, so
see further down for a few examples of the variety.
Here's 4 Sleds, each with something unique about it.
There's our own home-made Multi-Dowel Sled in action, above. That's about it for this page on Sled Kites. Hope you enjoyed the pics and the info!