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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 10:45 AM
Kite Repair

Pro Tip: Don't attempt to activate the re-ride system on your Ozone kite if you're not clipped in to the safety. :thumbup:

Yeah, I did that. Pulled the chicken loop and watched my 10m Access happily float across the lake. It never lost altitude, may have even gained some. Cleared the row of trees on the shore line and somehow amazingly got stuck in a tree in MY OWN BACKYARD.

The bar and lines were wrapped around one tree at the very top of it maybe 50' in the air. And the kite was in another tree top maybe 60' up, with the lines taught between the two trees. :rolleyes:

I immediately figured the kite was a total loss, I just wanted the bar and lines back. After much screwing around, cutting down several trees, and lots of pulling and untangling, I recovered the kite. Was able to get the bar down easily the next day once the kite was disconnected.

In the process, the ONLY mark on the kite is a clean two inch tear on the top skin of the kite. I had the kite laid out looking it over, and never noticed the damage until I was packing it back up, pretty amazing considering... My question is should I repair the tear with some sail tape and forget about it, or send the kite in for a professional sew job? It's the 10m Access V6 that was fairly new.

Probably more significant damage occurred in the lines and bridles. I'm guessing some of the bridles are pretty stretched but I haven't checked yet. I was going to fly the kite and see how it handled once I repair the top skin. The middle lines on the bar aren't even, one side is about 1.5" longer than the other. Can I tie a figure 8 knot on the long side to even things up? Haven't checked the back lines yet but assuming those won't be even either.

Yes I know I'm an idiot, just want to know the best way to go about making the kite fly again :)

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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 11:25 AM

If the only issue is the small tear I would just use Tear Aid tape, or simply sew it up by hand. The lines and bridles seem like a bigger worry, so it might be necessary to send it in. You could check the bridles by simply comparing bridles on one to the other. It seems unlikely both would be stretch by the same amount. I would guess the longer one has been stretched. You may be able to get the bridle chart from Ozone directly.

I had my own "kite stuck in a tree" episode recently. First time trying to buggy with a new kite I built. It seemed pretty unscathed until I noticed later that some of the bridle attachment points were coming loose. Check those along with every thing else. (Part of the problem may have been I was using a new method to attach bridles on this kite, so I may not have gotten as much strength as I thought.)

You get that "this is so cliche feeling" when this happens.

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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 10:11 PM

2" taped on both sides should be fine. Patch it, walk out thr lines and as randy said check the bridle and attachment points. If all looks good, test fly in moderate wind and check for instability or odd flight behwvior.

Access kites are tough. Id bet its probably fine.


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