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KurtCira

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About KurtCira

  • Birthday November 19

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Interests
    Kites, Bicycles, Motorcycles, Snowmobiling, The Urantia Book
  • Favorite Kites
    1.5 B-Series, 2 Line-Prism 4D, Zephyr

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  1. Hi Xray, Since I live near Fort Lauderdale I don't spend a lot of time at South Beach, although I work close to Haulover Park, commonly called North Beach. Kite flying is not prohibited on the beaches as far as I know. I would suggest using Google Maps satellite view to check out the beach near where you will be staying. South Beach has been built out so the beach is fairly wide, much wider most beaches to the north. That's the good. The bad is that South Beach is very popular so it can be crowded. Earlier in the day or before sunset are probably the least busy. Look on the satellite view for areas without cabanna's. I can try to meet up with you, but be sure to connect with Rich (quaa714). He is in Normandy Island area of Miami Beach (between South and North Beaches) and likes to fly whenever he can. If you are going to bring just one kite I'd suggest a Mid-vent, but as Rich said set with standard and vented would be best. Lines 75 feet or so are goodt, but I find I often need to use shorter ones (40' or so) if the beach is busy. There is a Kite store with an adjacent grass area on the bay side of Haulover Park near the bridge over the inlet at the south end. It's a good place to fly especially if the wind is west to northwest. Hope to meet you.
  2. I hope you didn't harass those nude sunbathers. Only the north end of Haulover Beach is clothing optional. I agree that our sand is not the best thing for your sail. At least I'm not dragging mine across the sand all the time anymore. I usually fly at some baseball and soccer fields or a golf course close to my house with nice soft grass. I am working with a view of the beach from my desk and today is definitely a full or extra-vent day. The kite-surfers are having a great time. Too bad we won't get a chance to fly this time. Hope we see you next time through.
  3. Hi Swannie. From Miramar it's pretty easy to get to Haulover Park. Take the 826 from Golden Glades east till it ends, then go south on A1A (Collins Avenue) about a mile. There is parking and some grassy areas on the west (Biscayne Bay-Intra Coastal side). A good bet is next to the Kite Shop in the trailer at the south end of the park (you can park free next to the store). Winds tend to be east to north-east now. The beach at Haulover is wider than most down here, but 75' lines are about the maximum. I'd bring some shorter ones as well. For inland flying there is a Broward County park called Vista View just north and east of I-75 and Griffin Road (a few minutes north of Miramar) that is built on an old landfill so it's high and mostly treeless. The grass isn't the greatest but it works with winds from any direction. Admission is only $1.50/ person. I'll PM you with my contact info and we can see if we can get together.
  4. Hi guys, I live and work and in the Miami/ Fort Lauderdale area and would love to meet up with you. There aren't any Rev flyers nearby (except for a couple of guys that I am teaching) so I could use the company. I agree that 75' to 80' lines are about the longest you can expect to fly, especially during the tourist season. I've been flying with 40' lines most of the time when I go to the beach. There aren't any regulations about kites that I know about but showing courtesy is always best.
  5. I might as well add mine to the list: 1-EXP 1-1.5 B Standard 1-1.5 B Mid-Vent 1-1.5 B Vented +4 (4 Total)
  6. I have a suggestion for setting up that will help you avoid the kite taking off unexpectedly. Instead of installing the vertical spars and then attaching (or detaching) the lines as shown in the video tutorials, I always install the lines before putting in the spars, and take them out before detaching the lines. This way the kite cannot get any power to even try to get away from you and makes attaching the lines easier because you don't have to lift and hold up the sail against the wind. Try it next time you are out. In my opinion it's an easier and safer way to set up.
  7. I was a bit disappointed that no one was interested in attending the Miami Kite day this past Sunday, but in retrospect I am glad none of you did. There were several hundred people in attendance, but ALL but two where SLK fliers, mostly families with small kids. I got my Rev in the air a couple of times, but there was very limited room to fly, and nobody seemed to be aware of my small space. I used 40' lines to minimize my area, but this also limited the altitude I could get, and you had to get up to get wind as there were so many people and small trees that getting off the ground was tough, and the winds were lighter than forcast and extremely variable. I stayed for an hour, then packed it in. I won't recommend this festival for Rev flier in the future. If there were a roped off area for sport kites it would be a worth trying again, but we're not the target market. It looks like Treasure Island is the real Festival in Florida for Dark Siders.
  8. I am hoping I can interest some other Dark-Siders in attending a Kite Day Festival to be held at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach (Bal Harbour) on Sunday, February 17. This festival typically draws a lot of families and single line kites. I am hoping that we can create some interest in Rev flying by showing people what a quad can do. The festival is sponsored by Skyward Kites. The owner, Dan, has a store/trailor located in the park which is between Biscayne Bay and the ocean, so almost any wind direction is good. You can get more info at www.skywardkites.com or by calling 305-893-0906. Weather is typically beautiful, you can fly over grass, and if you get bored you can check out Miami's only nude beach just across the street. I hope a couple of you can make it and see if the dark side can draw in some fresh bodies.
  9. You bet they are! Shipped to work of course. But wait till the VISA bill arrives.
  10. Thanks, Kelly and Jay. I'll be sure to look for you this weekend. UPS says my new Revs arrive today - OH BOY! But don't tell my wife. Kurt
  11. Since I haven't had a chance to meet any experienced Rev pilots in South Florida I've made a hotel reservation for Saturday night so I can check you guys out. I'll make the drive up on Saturday morning and go home Sunday afternoon. I'll be bringing a set of three 1.5 B's (newly ordered-hopefully they'll get here Friday) so I'll be set for most any winds, and a really fantastic new Rev bag (made by Yamaha!) to hold it all. I'm sure it will be a fun time and a great learning experience. I look forward to meeting all of you.
  12. A quick update, and thanks to all. This will probably be my last post in the "New to Rev Flying" catagory. I feel as if I have progressed quite a bit in the last month, despite having yet to see another Rev fly. I joined a Meet-Up kite fly on Fort Lauderdale beach a couple weeks ago and though I was the only Rev flying (or multi-line) I hope to help two of the members who have Revs to learn how fly them so I can have some company. I am going to try to make it to the Treasure Island Kite Festival this January and get a chance to meet some of you and learn more about this sport. I can now fly inverted almost as well as upright and backwards flight is getting easier. Last weekend I was working on stop dives into a tip stand. If the wind is steady it's really pretty easy. I made Barresi style leaders for my handles and I find that I'm using about 3 1/2" to 4" of brake most of the time, but I'm continueing to experiment. I've experimented with my new frames (I'll have 6 different sets) and will have a future post with rod data I've put together that I hope the rest of you will find useful (or at least provocative).:kid_devlish:src="http://www.revkites.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/kid_devlish.gif"> Finally, I have a new B-Series vented with Race Rods coming today, along with 2 more sets of handles (13" & 15") and a couple of more line sets. Am I addicted yet?
  13. Pulling a new rod all set up out of your bag and replacing the broken one would take even less time. But if you just had a ferrule it wouldn't be too difficult to affect a temporary repair with a lighter and short stick of hot glue. Then do it right when you get home and put the repaired rod back in your bag.
  14. The problem I see with using an oven is that unlike cast iron the hollow rods and tiny ferrules begin to cool very quickly, and since I needed to heat the rods and ferrules several times it made more sense to use a small hot air source that can be on the work table. Plus you would need a big oven for a 31" long rod!
  15. That would be true if I used epoxy or superglue. I decided to try using hot melt glue instead. This way I can replace a broken ferrule. I read through the forum for advice on gluing and saw a discussion about glue where someone stated that they thought hot glue could be ok if you didn't live in a hot climate. Yes, if you leave your kite in a hot car that gets up to 150 degrees F. inside and you try to put the kite together before the frame has cooled it could result in ferrules being pushed inside the center rod, but most kite people wouldn't (or shouldn't) leave their kites in a hot car. My hot glue started melting at about 150-160 degrees F. so I don't anticipate a problem. There is an important possible objection to using hot melt glue that I didn't see mentioned. How do you achieve a good and thorough filing of the joint with glue? This is also import with superglue. Normal superglue is relatively watery so it will have a hard time filling the approximate .014 clearance gap between theferrule and the tube. Therefore the common use of high-viscosity glue that is thick enough to fill the gap. Hot glue will fill the gap but is difficult to get to completely fill the joint. As soon as you apply glue to the ferrule it starts to cool and becomes difficult to spread. If you apply the glue and spread it out to coat half the ferrule it will be cool and peel off the ferrule as you try to push it in. And getting it spread evenly over the whole ferrule is difficult in itself. I had to solve these problems. I turned to an old welding technique. I preheated the rods and ferrules with a hair dryer (about 210 degrees F. max outlet temp) and used a nozzle to focus the heat from about 2-3 inches away. I then grabbed a ferrule, put some hot glue on it from my cheap gun, spread it out with my fingertip, heated it again under the hair dryer, spread the glue again, heated it again, inserted it into the rod with a rotating twist while holding both pieces in front of the heat, pulled it out and heated it one last time, spread it one last time with my finger then inserted it to 50% depth. I wiped off excess glue as soon as it started to cool, then used a small Scotch-Brite pad to finish cleaning whenthey were cold. The ferrules seem very solid, and all I need to remove a broken one is a heat source. I'll let you know how it works out. It may be that hot glue joint failures are largly a matter of poor assembly technique. Finally, I decided that I will test the relative stiffness of all my leading edge sets (I will have 6 different tube types) by supporting the end of the leading edge horizontally, putting a 5 pound weight in the center and measure the deflection. Has anyone out there tried this and have any data to share?
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