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Roger H Strube

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[*] posted on 9-12-2008 at 09:54 AM
Small Multihull Kite Sailing

Has anyone developed a technique to launch and retrieve a kite for use in place of a spinnaker or screecher for short course windward/leeward race courses? The present kite flying drill seems to be: 1. Launch kite; 2. Mount platform; 3. Reach back & forth; 4. Stop/dismount; 5. Retrieve kite. For use in small multihulls for short W/L courses the order needs to be: 1. Launch/board boat; 2. Sail to racing area; 3. Start race; 4. Launch/retrieve kite several times; 5. Finish race; 6. Sail back to beach/dock. I have built several small trimarans for use by the disabled and/or elderly and want to experiment with launch tube and kite. The projects may be viewed on my web site
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[*] posted on 9-12-2008 at 04:38 PM

I have put a lot of thought into helping disabled and kiting !
Do you know about Turbo Launchers ? They may be an answer ?

Our local kite school has taught a parapalegic ( sp? ) fellow to kiteboard. I think a local kite board maker made him a special board. They also have a kite kat ! http://www.powerkiteforum.com/viewthread.php?tid=4431
I will U2U the name of the company. It is affiliated with another forum so can not be mentioned on here.

There is a video out there of a parapalegic guy totally ripping it up in a wheel chair :cool:. It looked like a basic sports chair with wheely wheels front and back ? I lost it and would love to find it again.

I think a Nasa wing flown straight off the bridles may also be an avenue you should look down ?

There are buggies designed to be ridden side saddle. One I saw was a 2 seater. Very cool in that one person could work the steering while another pilots the kite :puzzled:
I have aso seen a designs of skateboards for land and ice that you sit on and ride side saddle like the buggy. With steering of these controled by the :moon: it is possible a parapalegic could do this :?:

I'm all for this idea and would be happy to help you out in any way I can :!:

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