Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cedar Kite

I have been doing some research trips to the Bow with a larger carved cedar river kite. The design for this one is a large pontoon boat, about two feet wide and a foot and a half long. It was designed to be heavy enough to avoid flipping over sideways in strong current. One thing that I originally thought was a problem is that it has a tendency to flip end over end if you don't control it right. Turns out that when its upside down you can right the kite by yarding quite hard on the upstream control line, thus pulling the entire kite under water where it then flips itself back up. The following video might make things a little clearer.

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