All starts by this finding: Very few of us are trained to grasp their kite knives, some even loose it or have it rusted without noticing. So what if we add a comfort function, turning it in a navigation companion that you will use every session and then be quickly able to grasp it eyes closed ? Kitecleat could be the most reliable and durable (ceramic blade) kitesurf knife.
Line manager function – To get used to it.
Kitecleat makes it easier and so quicker:
- Deliver your lines in position for kite / bar connection, no more untwisting of lines.
- Suppresses the possibility of crossing two lines when connecting the kite to the bar (not so unlikely with wind above 25kts).
- Save space in crowded spots or boats. When you unroll your lines it’s to take off in the same move.
Line cutting function – To upgrade your safety.
Becoming safer with use:
- Remains close to you when kiteboarding allowing you to quickly cut a line in an emergency situation.
- By grabbing and handling the Kitecleat each session for its lines managing function, you train for the event that you could meet one day, having to quickly cut lines in a bad situation.
- To my knowledge, the only really durable (ceramic blade) line cutting tool with a leash (automatically dropped when well in hand).
Kite lines length balance check
The correct balance between lines length can be easily check with the Kitecleat.
Always good to be done twice a year as it often has to be adjusted.
Ends of lines cleat – To store a neatly bar
Neatly bar storage, cleat for your line(s)
- Allows you to neatly store the ends of your lines if you wish.
- I advice at least the longest one to lock the Kitecleat in closed position.
- Thus avoiding the appearance of small knots passed unnoticed (about 50% of kiters meet this problem one day).
Releasable lines guide (in charge) function – To practice from a boat
Upgradeable to a releasable in charge line guide
- Allow you to untwist (if necessary) your lines on a small surface (boat for example).
- Allows you to drop off and recovery of the kite from a boat in safety for your fingers and kite.
- Please see “On-board kite” section for details.
Why thinking about launching a kite from a boat ?
Even if there is now a decade that we heard about future kite ships, I have never seen a large powerful (multi-lines) kite fly off before towing large boats… Should not be so easy. In fact it’s not !
Thanks to Samantha Davis and Gérald Veniard, racing professional skippers that offer me a try and advices during the return conveyor of her 60 Imoca dismasted in the “Vendée Globe” 2013.
If this concept meet a sufficient public, I would like to develop the following ideas:
- Develop a kite launching kit of material for anyone who would like to be able to quickly launch, control and bring back a kite for practice, learning or as alternative propulsion mode (that could be recycled/reconditioned one) if needed (around the world trip, cruises,…).
- Develop kite stays + discovery of sailing with skipper and kite teacher or possibly only one firmly anchored sail-boat on the spot for alone on board kiters for a price much lower than classical kiteboarding cruise. Also because that could be a good training before a real cruise…
Waiting, the first steps are:
– To have more cutting tools and trained to grasp it kiters on spots.
– To have more kiters that only need the place to pump their kite on crowded spots.
– To built the “secret” spots map…
If you wish to be part of it, please feel free to join Facebook group “Kitesurf sailboat” and / or start training using your own Kitecleat !