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Some tips and tricks for coping with your first Peter Lynn Arc. (Arc, Guerilla, Guerilla II, Phantom, Bomba or Venom)
0. Watch the instructional video 3 or 4 times. Method of setting up the bar and lines wasn't clear to me from the instructions I had so got the solution from the movie.
1. Immediately on getting it out, tape the brass ferrules to the spar section they're connected to. The spars are 'hidden' in a little pocket outside the main compartment, access it right at the topmost point of the sack. Keep a constant eye on the male parts of each coupling because they have a tendency to come unstuck and move down inside their holder. You run the risk of a shattered section if this happens and you don't sort. Mine are doing this now. I guess the only solution is to re-glue them in place. PVA perhaps.
2. The sack is an enigma in itself. You can unzip the bottom section to make it MASSIVE (see spiralling zip at the bottom) and this makes it usable for multiple kites and kit BUT you need to cut out the inner wind-sock shaped thing to do this because they made the hole in the open end too small. Note also the board straps that are tucked away behind the front pocket. (There's probably other hidden features also that I've not yet found, most of the above had to be pointed out to me LOL).
3. Make sure the spars are fully inserted into each other and so can't be further compressed under axial load, then insert them in the spar pockets as common sense will indicate (bit of a fiddle with the in-situ spar end and removal ribbon, nowt to worry about, you'll see). The in-situ spar should protrude a little from the pocket such that you can use the velcro to put it under tension all the time its in place... if you can't do this then the spar is too short for the pocket and you may find the kite collapses in mid flight, or a spar shatters and compromises the spar pocket! The spars need to be tight in the pocket!
4. Once the lines are all on and the lines to the lower tip are above the kite and through the launch assist (see video) and the kite is inflated and the zips are all done up and you're stood at 45 degrees to the wind (see vid to see what I mean) and you're ready to launch, do so with confidence. Don't eek back slowly to get it to take shape bit by bit, just assume it's gonna go great and stride backwards at a slight trot.
5. Time to get it _fully_ inflated cos it flies like a dog until it is! Back stalled with a bit of rear line tension will help the inflation process, but also makes it fall out of the sky, so personally I launch hooked in so I can adjust this constantly to keep everything as stable as possible.
6. Line tensions... when the bar is pulled all the way in it's handy if the kite will _just_ start to stall back from zenith. If it's not doing this then consider letting out the power adjustor (powering up the kite) as this added control enables you to avoid overflying in non perfect winds and also allows you to stop the kite rocketing in any particular direction whenever it wants. When the bar is all the way out, the rear lines should _just_ be starting to go a teeny bit slack - unless the wind is up and you like being well lit all the time.
Practice makes perfect.
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