Subject: [harryproa] kite traction
From: "Robert" <>
Date: 1/28/2006, 6:59 AM

Looking at the kite boarders I started to think about how much traction
a kite has. It would not take a very large kite to lift the lw hull out
of the water and back over where it belongs if you were unlucky to be
flipped by a wave. For a Harry 12m lw hull it weighs less than 350kg. A
couple of powerfoils can generate that much lift, so surely an
outleader kite should be able to drag the lw hull up and over.
Is my arithmetic correct. I am not sure how easy it would be to turn
the boat upside down to try it but It would be an ineresting exercise.
It might need a little mast head bouyancy added using the halliards in
light airs. The concept could be tried out with a beach cat and a kite
from a kite board.

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