> I always sleeve my 50# & 80# spectra, as it makes it easier to undo the
> knots. After a couple of hours pulling on line the size of dental
> floss, it would be difficult to pick off a larkshead without the
Ah, but this is why you should be using a "Red Braswell knot." This is an
addition to the normal method of larksheading a loop onto your attachment
point. Tie a small loop at end of your large loop with an overhand knot so
you have a 1/4" or so "tab" at the end of your loop. When your loop is
larksheaded onto your kite, you can just pull on this tab to loosen the
larkshead and remove the line. Makes life easier, even with sleeved lines.
My two cents on the sleeving issue: I don't know whether or knot (heh)
it's necessary. I've been sleeving and no-knotting for years 'n years. I
agree with Simo that it's a pleasant past time and not a horrible
task...except for when your line breaks and you have to bother resleeving
just to launch your kite.
I've currently got two sets of unsleeved line. One is my indoor set, which
is 50# braided Spectra. It never really sees much pressure on the lines
(and it's only been used a few times). The other set is a set of rather
ancient 80# spectra. Last time it broke (Monday at Wildwood) I didn't both
resleeving the broken end; I just tied both lines shorter. So far, the
lines are holding up _very_ well; I've flown my 3/4 Tracer on 'em in winds
gusting up to maybe 20 with no trouble. I'll be curious to see if it
breaks anywhere near the knot.
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