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Old 05-31-2012
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Re: Heeling free kite rig & prototype-video

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Originally Posted by chrisncate View Post
I like it a lot actually, not bad at all. It could potentially be something to end dismastings at sea - suppose you use your "kite rig" on passage making and eliminate the mast as a failure point...

I don't know about going ballast free, but eliminating the entire rig portion of a typical sailboat is an interesting concept in a lot of ways. Bridges become a non issue (under power), costs (rigging) potentially go way down, etc.

I do like the idea! Nice

On a bigger boat level, what would you use to reel the thing in? a modified windlass?
As already hinted by Stumble, Skysails (SkySails GmbH*-*Home are offering kite systems for cargo ships, using a launching mast, windlass and control pod. A scaled down system like this would be the way, to power yachts in my opinion(in combination with my rig, of course)
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