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Stopper ball for flag out line

jeffnyc - 6-10-2018 at 02:28 PM

Anyone have an extra stopper ball for a flag out line? Huge thanks to Chris/Hardwater for his old instructions, I just converted my PL Navigator from a Y to V (so much cleaner!), but the one 10 cent item I don't have is a stopper ball for the flag out line. I tried a couple different places online like kiteboarding.com, but they told me companies aren't making them anymore - or at least not selling them for distribution. Found a few places in Europe that might have, but it seems crazy to spend so much on such a tiny item...

Here's the PL one (doesn't have to be PL if anyone knows any other brands that do the same thing...)

Ed Cline - 6-10-2018 at 02:32 PM

Will any of these work?


Randy - 6-10-2018 at 02:41 PM

West Marine, if you have one locally. I swear I've seen these a lot cheaper on line, though. Can't find it now.


jeffnyc - 6-10-2018 at 04:29 PM

heh, thanks guys - fixmykite is affiliated with kiteboarding.com, so already talked to them about those. I'm looking for the ones (like my pics) that don't need a knot to fix the position. The knotless one looked interesting, but I'm told the loop won't fit through it... so kind of useless unless you build it into lines you're making. The others with the screws are for the depower lines, so too big. You would think this would be an easy thing to find...

I dug up an old thread where you guys were talking about 5th lines... I might just grab the ball off my Gin, I absolutely detest the way it wraps around the other lines - someone suggested removing it helps with that - makes sense.

Just got back from the park, lined up the steering line leaders, making some splices now.

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Bladerunner - 6-10-2018 at 08:00 PM

If you are using that stopper on the flag out line expect it to be a bother as well. I keep threatening to remove mine.

I almost never go to safety on the fly so almost never send the bar violently up the line. Probably a must on water but not as big a deal on land. I DO run the bar up the line when self land / flagging but it is not violent and when set for my 18 and flagging smaller arcs doesn't come into play.

I certainly would not allow not having one stop me from going out!

jeffnyc - 6-10-2018 at 08:55 PM

I haven't noticed any problems with the stopper on my Best bar (not like my 5 line kites) with this same setup. No stopper definitely won't stop me from using it, just wanted to finish everything up - been on the todo list for a couple months :D Acquiring the Phantom lit a fire to get it done, from what I understand the Y keeps the Phantom's tips too close. Charger will probably like the change as well :)
I almost always flag out my Charger to land, I've never had to throw the safety (on purpose) on any of my arcs or foils (different story on my tube kite). But I do test them every couple sessions still.

Kamikuza - 6-11-2018 at 02:18 AM

That black stopper ball needs the knot snugged into it...

It's just to stop the bar shooting up to the kite, isn't it? Knot at the pig tail should do that just fine :D I *might* have one in a box of random ancient bar parts upstairs...let me have a poke around.

You have to update that sig too :D


Jason-G - 6-11-2018 at 04:36 AM

will this work?


jeffnyc - 6-11-2018 at 05:25 AM

Edit - nope, another depower rope ball. Too big. Will canibalize my 8m later.
----Thanks, Jason, that looks like it!----

Kamikuza, I'll update my sig with the new stopperball when I'm sure it works :D

Edit 2: Doorbell just rang, package from Japan in record time! Sig updated...
Actually, looks like I might be updating today... just hope someone's here for the post. Of course the one day I have to be on site.

pbc - 6-14-2018 at 05:23 PM

Do you still need one? I found this in my parts bin tonight:

It's 20mm in diameter.