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 Post subject: Bravo using a kite
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:17 am 
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Has anyone use a kite on a bravo? It seems that you could conect it to the A Frame.


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 Post subject: Re: Bravo using a kite
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:46 am 
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works great, though launching is sketchy as hell if you don't have a good beach (in our case, a poorly built dock with lots of nailheads and wind obstructions):
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 Post subject: Re: Bravo using a kite
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:36 am 
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Very nice!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bravo using a kite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:42 am 
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To clarify:

1. If anyone tries this you're going to do something stupid and probably kill yourself, so don't do it.
2. Best method for kite attachment is a bridle tied between the 6 drain holes in the cockpit. This does increase the likelihood of entanglement in the lines so beware.
3. Don't try it in gusty or shifty conditions as a water relaunch is near impossible.

Now if you meant spinnaker:

I don't believe the Bravo was ever meant to carry the loads of a spinnaker especially on a reach. However it can be done by lashing a block to the float (through the hole in the float) and unfurling the sail prior to rigging a halyard. Using the boom as a makeshift pole is ill advised as without a downhaul it's worthless and you'll also probably break your gooseneck like we did.

However, dead downwind with no boom is a lot of fun in 3 knots if you're really bored.


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