Step 9: Ulla With the Kite

How does the kite attach to the boat? Sounds like it's a 5 line SLE kite?
Oh my god, that's hilarious! I've carried stuff like that on top of sedans and coupes, but with a truck it's even funnier, since it even makes the truck look small.
It would have been much quicker to use one of Eric's "sleeping bags" as a tramp no?
Ha! All those foil kites are precious to me -- even the broken ones! On second thought, a piece of fabric over the wooden-spar trampoline would have been a good idea. While leaning way over the rear to wrestle with the barely functioning rudders during kite-loop jibes, it was too easy to get my whole leg shoved in and stuck between spars. Falling off the boat at that moment would probably twist a knee pretty badly. Closer spar spacing would also do it.
I suggested the fabric covering idea, but we probably wouldn't have made it out that evening if we'd tried it. (Actually, I was guilty of expressing a severe lack of optimism about finishing that day -- and was happy to be proved wrong!) But about the fabric -- I'm no longer sure it would have would have been a total plus. Having lots of things to grab ahold of was pretty important, given the tiller force I was exerting and the amount of water swooshing around. Maybe weaving more innertubes among the spars ... I'm sure I've gone faster under sail -- in much bigger boats. But never in my life have I felt a sailboat accelerate under me as rapidly as that beat-to-sh*t old Hobie. Exhilarating!
2" square fishing net
or a hobie cat with a still-present trampoline would do the trick nicely :D
Very cool all the same, I should get back on the cat project I started last year. Foils precious to me also, but cant fly the v19 anymore. After the winter winds its like going for a bike ride on vallium.
Cool! Great Instructable! Thanks Joe
Cool, <br/><br/>My friend is developing a kite system with rigging for kite powered boats. He has some awesome videos on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=kiteforsail">youtube</a>.<br/>www.kiteforsail.com<br/><br/><div style="margin-left:15px;"> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LpG6o74pQnM"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LpG6o74pQnM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></div><br/>
WoW! that boat rocks! you should circumvavigate the earth on it.
Sheer awsomeness. I've been wanting to do just this for ages but have been constrained by a severe kite deficiency. Nice job.

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