DIY kite equipment, one that may help your grandpa fly kites.

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Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:43 pm

I am student (as well as a noob kitesurfer), who gets inspired by the sport and is trying to create a design for the sport for my school GCSE project. I am interested in helping people who are less physically capable (like small children or elders) to exprience this fantastic activity.

I have got some initial idea to make powerkiting less physically demanding, such as using some gears to make kite handling require less strength, attaching it to something solid so that the person don't need to experience all the pull from the kite, using motor to handle the kite and the person just remote control it...

Below are some of my sketches so far. Will anyone be kind enough to give me any comment regarding the sketch or the project, from which system you think is the most practical to what colour you would like the outside to be, or simply one word reply like cool or useless.
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Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:33 am

more sketches
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Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:17 pm

I think you might be trying to invent something that really, really does not need inventing? And if you did the design work involved to pull off anything vaguely safe would be well beyond the scope of a GCSE project? May be have a look at the kiteboat concepts around flying massive kites to tow larger objects? Right from Dom Mee's little Murka to more modern concepts if you are dead set on this as a concept.

I don't think kites pull that much anyway? That's why we've got 70+ year old kite surfers and kids like Mitu Monteiro's (5 years old??) that can kite. Why my 7 year old kids (who have only just really got the motor skills to be able to) can easily fly trainer kites with no danger of being overpowered and if it does go pear shaped the trainer foils have got a pretty fool proof power dump.

If a kite pulls too much then use a use a smaller kite (or hook the back of the harness onto something a la Alex Thompson sky walk if one wants to go down that line).

Is the force on the bar is really a problem (is it???) then extend the bar but not the attachment point, using gears or elaborate levers is surely a very complex way of solving an easy problem? There are also wheelchair kitesurfing concepts which just use a normal kite and harness (as far as I can tell) indicating again that perhaps this idea is inventing something that would go poorly on dragons den!

For a GCSE project if you're dead set on something kite related, perhaps look at something like security on the beach for kit, a self launching hook or storage of boards / kites in a small space. I'm sure others on facebook (kitebay, type pages) or here will have many ideas of problems to be cured that would satisfy your need to gear the project toward kite surfing and satisfy the markers requirement to 'cure' a problem?
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