Hi folks -
For some time now, I have been searching the discussions to glean information on kite flying characteristics and capabilities. This blog is a Treasure Chest of information, and knowledge abounds here! The discussions led me to my first purchase for a strong, stable, LOW wind KAP rig platform: my Fled. A terrific choice for where I live (South Carolina) and for my generally confined spaces. But now I need to get my next kite, and it has to do something speacial in addition to being a strong, stable, relatively high angle flyer: IT SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF FLYING IN AN OFF-WIND DIRECTION, somewhat like a sailboat that tacks.
Like many folks in these discussions, I have walked along a shore with the wind blowing parallel to the water's edge, and there is something like an old fort that I want to shoot from an over-the-water point of view. The Nighthawk from fishingkites.co.nz is a delta that can do that to the extreme - like 40 degrees off-wind.
So here is my discussion point: Which kites are stable enough for KAP and can be adjusted at times to fly at something of an angle to the wind direction by adjusting balance, weight, bridle or ... ? Does anyone have experience or success trying this challenge in moderate wind, Bft 3 to 5 ... or more...or less?
Thanks for any comments - Phil