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GammoRay

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GammoRay last won the day on December 4 2020

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About GammoRay

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    TOTL, Revs, Flow Forms, Flexifoils
  • Flying Since
    1955, AKA since 1990
  • Location
    Houston 77070
  • Country
    United States
  • Gender
    Male

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  1. Just to the ‘burbs, but a bit closer to the beach! [emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  2. I’d get a smooth-faced long-handled framing hammer. The straighter claw makes for easier stake removal. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  3. https://stormforcetiedowns.com/ Storm Force Aircraft Tie-Downs! Buy your own hammer. You will thank me… really.
  4. Captain Rick (a real tugboat captain!) showed me this knotless hitch for tying down kites, especially big kites that pull hard. This is my technique for tying the hitch onto a carabiner, but the hitch is perfect for tying to a fence post, driftwood, trailer hitch, etc., without degrading the flying line. The hitch is also known as the Lighterman's hitch, and even has a "secondary" use of safely mooring your boat! 1. The kite is in the air, the standing line (flying line) is under tension, the carabiner is tethered to an anchor, and the bight (the line we are working with) is in the middle o
  5. The more equipment you use, the more points of potential failure! I fly huge kites using only a climbing carabiner, sand anchor, and heavy line. The tugboat hitch uses no knots so you can let out line easily and under control, even under full load. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/621114835/posts/10155644288019836/ Hmmm, this link will get you to the Facebook post, but won’t show the the commentary on each photo. Open it in the Facebook app/website to see it all! UPDATE: I created an article (Tugboat Hitch on a Carabiner) and posted it in GENERAL SINGLE LINE so that you don’t need to
  6. High-quality 64” 2-line backpack-able kite that folds to 26”— cheap! Prism Stowaway Delta Single-Line Kite https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0044TGS1I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_15HMFb2H8CFHB High-quality 2/4-line backpack-able soft kites— I like the Prism Snapshots (1.2, 1.4, 1.9, 2.4). I have purchased 10 over the years and given away 4. The 2.4 is conversion-ready for 4 lines. The Snapshots seem harder to find lately. Prism may be pushing it new Synapse line. https://elementalkites.com/shop/sport-kites/prism-snapshot-1-4/ Prism Synapse Dual-line Parafoil Kite https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00UTLRI
  7. I’ve got one in great condition, but I haven’t decided if I want to part with it. I’m moving in November, and may not get it unpacked until January. I’ll mull it over, and if you’re still interested then, hit me up and I’ll give you an answer. Sign me, “Old Mr. Wishy Washy”! (Better yet, I’ll post a photo here when I uncrate it.) Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  8. That’s my birthday! Skip the random drawing and just send it to me!
  9. Peter Maxxed Out! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Attach an adjustable 3-point bridle to the top two corners of the kite sail and through the sail’s center point, tying the bridle line around the three spars where they cross. The bridle lines should be relatively long. Tie your kite line to the central line of the bridle. Fly the kite, adjust the bridle, rinse and repeat!
  11. Are you on Facebook? I just posted this: If not, I'll try to create a PDF file for you.
  12. Even the best songs and the loveliest poetry can't fix erratic winds, and even the steady winds on the beaches sometimes give in to lulls! On light wind days, all you can do match your single-line kites to the conditions. Choose kites with greater sail-to-weight ratios, and adjust bridles toward the kites' tails for the greater resistance. I often fly soft kites or the cheapest Chinese sparred kites on such days, but my last resort are my four Laimas— almost no-wind kites— but even they will glide to ground in a lull. Here is a tip you might consider for the occasionally errant kit
  13. I fly mine on Texas Gulf Coast beaches and it's a breeze! [emoji6] I generally fly on 300-lb line, and then 500-lb in strong winds, but I have multiple winders of both. I never fly over 300'— I only put 330' on the winders. The Premier insert (http://instructions.premierkites.com/33050i_13ftFloTail_instructions_REV_9-22-15.pdf) actually says "250–500 lb test line," but that's a range recommended for a range of conditions. Don't worry, even in low winds, a 500-lb line is no weight or drag for this huge kite! I get my line in bulk from Goodwinds. https://goodwinds.com/line-winders/braided
  14. Sorry, guys, it's my first rodeo! I didn't know that I was supposed to run the RNG until John filled me in. Thank you all for for your understanding and kool karma! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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