Why sailing with a kite?
A kite is a sail that you can fly through the air or just park it in the air. As you fly a kite, it is speeding up and having lots of apparant wind! Like the wing of an airplane, once having speed, lifting a whole aircraft!
As sailors know it is all about apparant wind. Using a flying sail or kite is the utmost example of using apparant wind! As being a sailor originally, some 5 or 6 years ago I took 1 kite lesson, just because I wanted to know how it felt. After an hour I felt the huge extra power a flying sail could generate. So there is the point where I started kite sailing, an amazing new sailing sport. After several try outs on existing dinghies with more experienced kiters, conclusion became clear that kiteboating is totally different and needed her own hull. After a couple of protoypes and hours on the water, years later; the plugs and moulds have been developed and constructed in 2015..
Did you know that Kitetender400 is;
- the most accesible kite sailing boat, easy to rig, no mast, no stays
- easy to learn with smaller kites
- go extreme with bigger race kites or more wind
- going over 20 knots boatspeed with experienced crew!
- Totally different from kitesurfing and sailing, merging parts of both
- No balancing on a surfboard, just be seated and control your kite and park or fly it.
What skills are needed to Kitetender?
- A bit of dinghy sailing would be an advantage. Sailing with a kite is like sailing a big halfwinder, you have too much presure, go downwind, If you need pressure, go upwind.
- Controlling a kite is a neccessary skill. If you can fly a 4 or 5 depower kite on land and you are confident with it, you can ve a go.
- Allways make sure you start in easy waters and with a small kite in moderate winds and circumstances to get to know kitesailing.
- Be seated all times, have at least 1 foot in the footstraps, accelerations can be huge
- Go out preferrable with the people who have Kitetender experience and teaching abilities, like the Kitetender Centers mentioned !
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Download the full specifications here Kitetender400 specs 2016 (002)
Specifications KiteTender 400
|construction||vacuum infusion sandwich from moulds|
|materials||glass fibre, vinylester, foam|
|CE norm||C coastal waters design& production|
|design||Peter Schermer (www.peterschermer.nl)|
|price||currently on demand (indication 6.500. euro ex vat, ex works)|
ask for a package deals (with race kite North DYNO) and get quote, via contact please.
Below you will find some video’s among which some explain how to, without aiming to have a complete training course.
Kitetender 400, The ultimate kite dinghy, 100% awsome fun!
Kitetender 400 standard comes standard with ;
- closed hull, open transom, self draining cockpit, smooth gliding
- watertight compartment
- pivoting rudder
- centreboard with auto release for easy landings on beaches or shallow waters
- inspection holes,( in this case with a velocity speedpuck on it and a safety line not to loose it, not standard delivery, option).
A shot from the kite whil gybing
Kalf trailer ideal to load 3 x Kitetender400’s check www.kalftrailers.com
nice smooth gliding in small wind, very low drag
Fast planing (small stripes on the water at the right mark the wind) with kitepilot Tom Court & helmsman Peter Renssen
Pre cautions and more (active) safety issues are:
- Crew competence is the most important safety issue onboard!
- kite know how & control is essential
- Allways wear the standard safety releash fro JOBE, which is delivered with your kitetender.
- Dinghy sailing experience is an advantage
- Start slowly with a smaller kite and get used to kitesailing first. After some good sessions and confidence as a team you can build up performances and choose for more wind and or bigger kites.
- For sailors!, beware of huge accelerations when the kitepilot is powering/flying the kite.
- Allways be seated and hold tight. By powering the kite forces can be up to 8 times a normal static sail!
- Allways wear sufficient sailingclothes, wetsuits and rescue vests and a knife!