A kite is a sail that you can fly through the air or just park it in the air. As you fly a kite (faster then boatspeed), it is speeding up and will have lots of apparant wind! Creating more power when you want to, how awsome is that! As sailors know it is all about apparant wind. Using a flying sail or kite is the utmost example of using apparant wind!
Less heeling momentum:
Masted sail boats have a central point of forces in their sails, some meters above the water. Therefore creating a higher/bigger heeling momentum. (and we should not forget the pitching momenum forward) A kite is generating order forces. A kite hase low heeling momentum as it is attached low on deck. So you can have more m2 sail when kiteboating, compared to masted sailing. Guess what is faster then.
Because forces are totally different when sailing with a kite, a Kiteboat does need a wide planing surface on the aft and it requires less volume in the front below the waterline. Most masted dinghies are designed with a large volume in the front to cope with the pitching and a smaller planing surface on the aft. (laser, Finn joll, 470, etc)
How I came to this;
As being a sailor originally, some 5 or 6 years ago I took a kite lesson, just because I wanted to know how it worked and felt. After an hour I felt the huge extra power of a flying sail. 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, it 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.
It resulted in the most accessible kiteboat, a monohull off course because it is much more playfull, The Kitetender 400
- In 12 knots of wind, by flying your kite well, you can reach topspeeds of 11,5 knots, while all masted dinghies will do a max speed of 8 knots
- You can survive more easy when 30 knots of wind is coming over, compared to a masted boat.
- f you want to blast in 25 knots of wind, an experienced crew can hit amazing speeds over 20 knots
- You can manouvre better with the Kitetender then any other masted sailboats.
- You need some wind in order the kite stays in the air.
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 have 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)|
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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!