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Old 05-30-2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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I have a green SFE kite, and now I need to learn to fly it. Heck I need to get it airborne.

I'm guessing that I had 7-10 knt of wind, adjusted the bridle as per instructions, tried to get as clear air as possible the kite did the left to right to left shuffle and then took a dive 6' off the boat. Moved the bridle in out mid mid+ mid- the same shuffle resulted. I guess the only sure way to fly a kite is with helium.

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:58 AM   #2
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Has anyone used the Boston Kite?
http://shop.firstlightanglers.com/cg...tion&key=25283

Would be curious to see if this one works with light winds.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:47 AM   #3
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In light winds yes you need helium or forward momentum. You can slow troll em and that works pretty good when the wind is dead or light. I know the sfe kites say they can fly in 5 kts of wind but it ain't happening especially if you want to run 2 or more baits off of it. Get helium or put her in gear bro. You need at the very least, 10kts of wind to keep the sfe in the air without any help. Good luck man. They really are the shit when you get em figured!
x2. If you're in light winds the best thing to do is make more wind by heading into the wind. If the wind is blowing 5 kts and you're going 5 kts into the wind, then that 10 kts should be enough to get the kite up.

Also - in light winds I sometimes have to stand on the gunnel with one hand on the kite and one hand holding on to the t-top. That way if the kite takes a dip as it sometimes will in light winds, you're 3-4 ft higher off of the water, giving the kite a little more room to dip and not hit the water before it gets up.
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SFE or the lightest Bob Lewis are the ones I like best. We have a helium tank on the boat but only use it when there is almost no wind.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:30 AM   #5
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Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head sells Sled Kites in different sizes.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:25 AM   #6
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That kite needs 10 kts.

Best way to get a kit going is to run it up your rigger. Get a halyard clip with a big SS. They have SS rings that will accomodate your release clips.

Run the kite up the rigger halyard and deploy it from there. Turn the boat to get the best clean wind. Once it is flying you pull the halyard back to the gunnel. Also keeps the kite dry when you retrieve it. Retrieve the kite to the rigger tp and then hand line the kite to the cockpit.

Lewis yellow kite is a better light wind kite. If that wont fly, need helium.

Have never used the Boston Kite. Only saw one here in So Fla. Would be interested to hear from guys who use them.
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That kite needs 10 kts.

Best way to get a kit going is to run it up your rigger. Get a halyard clip with a big SS. They have SS rings that will accomodate your release clips.

Run the kite up the rigger halyard and deploy it from there. Turn the boat to get the best clean wind. Once it is flying you pull the halyard back to the gunnel. Also keeps the kite dry when you retrieve it. Retrieve the kite to the rigger tp and then hand line the kite to the cockpit.

Lewis yellow kite is a better light wind kite. If that wont fly, need helium.

Have never used the Boston Kite. Only saw one here in So Fla. Would be interested to hear from guys who use them.
We do the same thing with the rigger and boat, but practice makes almost perfect
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The Boston kites are super easy to deploy in light winds. You might need to adjust the lines a bit more cuz they have a sock that seems to cause them to fluctuate up and down a bit more. Plus they were less than $40!!!!
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Has anyone used the Boston Kite?
http://shop.firstlightanglers.com/cg...tion&key=25283

Would be curious to see if this one works with light winds.
Steve James's Boston Big Game Kite is what is refured to as a "Sled Kite". It works very well in light winds and is super easy to fly.

That said because it flys easy in light winds it really pulls in higher winds so beware in winds over 15 knots particularly with tide against wind conditions.
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Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head sells Sled Kites in different sizes.
Is that the place across from the big sand dunes? They sell fishing kites?
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If your kite is wet from taking the plunge and the winds are weak, you're pretty much screwed until it completely dries out again... The water adds a lot of weight to such a light piece of equipment hence the bobbing and weaving when you tried to put it back out the second time... If there is a stiff breeze you'll be ok if the kite is damp...
Whenever I deploy my kites (2-3) without helium, I stand on the gunnel with the rod pointed straight up in the air... You'll want nothing behind you when you deploy your kite (such as the console) because this shadowing effect will give the kite an uneven stream of air flow and again causing it to bob and weave... SFE are excellent kites, however Bob lewis kites have never failed me once in the past 20 years and its all I fly... Good luck and be ready for the action!

Oh yes one more thing... if your kite does hit the water, spray it off with fresh water and let it dry someone in the sun... preferably on the t-top where it wont get stepped on and it only takes 30 minutes in the Florida sun to dry one! If it dries with that saltwater, the salt residue will add weight and the kite will always fly like $hit till she is properly washed with freshwater..
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