'Kite' Powered Upwind!?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Stevve, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. Stevve
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    Stevve New Member

    Hi All,

    Why am I not seeing exclusively kite powered 'sailboat'? My guess is that (para)foils don't have enough upwind efficiency (lift:drag). Any other comments on kite power are also welcome.

    Thank you.
  2. SeaSpark
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    SeaSpark -

    Existing threads on kite's

    The lift/drag ratio of a modern kite is good enough to sail upwind.
    Think the launch/recovery part of kite's for use on yachts needs more development before beeing widely accepted.

    Video of the Windjet build for breaking the sailing speed record on land, ice and water.

    Existing threads on kite's:

    kite for powerboat?

    New propulsion sytems for ships, some info on kites here, use seach function

    Kite Foiler!?


    ISAF vs KITE Sailing

    Kite Buggy/Boat
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