You're right, I still need to get the patches sewn on it. I have a friend that is selling me his pole and sock. I'm going for a longer 12' pole rather than the stock pole. The sock is made for the 12' pole and should help. It will snuff mid pole.
Do you have any advice on exactly where those patches should be sewn on for a stock 18? I was going to follow the advice I'd seen on here that said:
To do it right follow these instructions for a 3 patch system:-
1. Measure the length of your chute/bag. Let’s say that it is 2.15m long.
2. On your kite mark the intersection point measured at 2.15m from the tack and the clew. This is your lower patch point.
3. Then measure 2.15 from the head to roughly the centre of the kite. This is the top patch.
3. Your middle patch simply goes at the halfway point between the top and bottom patches (hopefully there is less than 2.15m between each of the patches now!
If you get to step 3 and the distances are to large then you need to make your bag a bit longer and adjust your patch points accordingly. Not much cause the effect is 3 fold on the kite.
I know the official directions are to run the blocks off of the wings, I'm going to have to get everything set up before I make this decision. I'm a bit hesitant to run them from the wings as I don't want the loading to fatigue them and wear them out. I'm thinking of running them from the deck lip, similar to how the shroud is anchored through the lip if I'm not able to run them from the jib tracks. Again all of this will depend as I get the pole rigged.
If this isn't right, could you point me in the right direction?
Thanks so much.