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Old 23-05-2014, 07:20   #1
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Parachutes

I've been looking at trying one. Anyone got any advice?
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Old 23-05-2014, 07:23   #2
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You must have a lot of freeboard.

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Old 23-05-2014, 07:26   #3
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As a sail not an anchor. I've got a 32 ft cruising cat
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Old 23-05-2014, 08:58   #4
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Re: Parachutes

Once it's up there in the right wind, wow probably be just amazing down wind. But there are likely a host of launching, recovery and control issues for a kite of the size needed. Not to mention the cost of construction.

Interesting, looks like it's being done: KiteShip - Innovation in Tethered Flight
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I thought the one in "Water World" was cool, I don't know if it is real or even works, but it looked really neat.
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Old 23-05-2014, 14:26   #6
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Why do I need lots of freeboard?
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Old 23-05-2014, 16:07   #7
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Why do I need lots of freeboard?
So the bloody thing can open before you hit the water, that's why!

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So the bloody thing can open before you hit the water, that's why!

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Do you think if he jumped from the top of the mast it would work?
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Old 23-05-2014, 17:07   #9
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I've actually launched one off my boat. With a cat you have a large bow to work from. It's recovery that's interesting. I'm told they'll work to about 45 degrees off square
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Do you think if he jumped from the top of the mast it would work?
If he has one hell of a mast.
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Old 23-05-2014, 20:36   #12
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Call me slow, I only just got that
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Come on people, I'm serious. I can launch it easily but retreaval is interesting. I know I've seen a few photos of people using them so someone has to know a bit about them. Like if they put too much strain on the mast cause my rigger didn't like the idea of it. Please help me
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Interesting, looks like it's being done: KiteShip - Innovation in Tethered Flight
Maybe it was being done, but apparently it is no more. The links to a site with actual product are all dead and it is obvious that the site has not been looked after for quite some time. No replies to emails either. Which is a shame.
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But if you look at parachutes on boats on YouTube there are people using them. What I want to know is what sort of stress this will put on my mast
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