Kites

  • 27 Dec 2021 18:46
    Reply # 12218053 on 12217719
    Anonymous wrote:

    The topic of "kites",  or I would call them chutes came up recently as an emergency option in case of a dismasting, etc.   Here is a page on a record setting Atlantic crossing using kites for the primary propulsion, along with electric.

    With the wind. I am pretty sure they can go upwind though. Not sure how much. I get the idea that many kites require constant attention (ie. those made for kite boarding). There are kites made for less attended use but if the wind dies, I think they all need attention faster (to prevent fouling on the boat) than any other wind propulsion. So emergency, yes, cruising? maybe not.
  • 27 Dec 2021 16:02
    Message # 12217719

    The topic of "kites",  or I would call them chutes came up recently as an emergency option in case of a dismasting, etc.   Here is a page on a record setting Atlantic crossing using kites for the primary propulsion, along with electric.

    Francisco Lufinha crosses the Atlantic on a kite-powered boat December 21, 2021

    Impractical IMHO for anything but emergency, but imaging having a sailboat without even a mast and sail, and a tangle of standing and running rigging, etc!!

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