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. There is no adjustment, 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 two!
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 tailless kites. There's 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.
There's our own homemade Multi-Dowel Sled in action, above. That's about it for this page on sled kites. We hope you enjoyed the pics and the info!