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Sonny rescued my kite today at 3rd Ave. Thanks Sonny! If it weren't for him, it would have headed straight for the San Mateo Bridge. But to do it he had to deflate the main strut. He wasn't able to get it all the way to the lower launch so it floated for awhile with the valve open until I could swim out and retrieve it. So now there is some water inside the kite...
What's the best way to get the water out? Does it matter if a little bit stays in there? (The kite is a Naish Park).
Assuming the strut clips were all pinched off, couldn't you hang the kite by both its wingtips, leave the valve open at the bottom, and just let gravity do the work? That might leave a few drops in there, but that'll fix itself over time.
Agreed with above.
I would just hang it by its wingtips in the back yard with all the valves open and let dry for a couple of days.
Taking the bladders out can be a reaaaaal pain.
Kites: 2013 F-One Bandit VI: 12m, 9m and 7m.
Board: 2013 F-One Acid 134x42 & 5'6 Fish.
Harness: Underwave "Imperial" vaccust.
Wetsuit: Underwave Sultan shortleg 4/3.
inflate the kite. flip the kite such that the main valve is at the bottom. let all the water collect there.
then, really carefully, open the main valve, making sure to keep the collected water from flowing out again (by pinching the bladder)
then, pour the water out.
you'll get maybe 90% of the water out that way.
it's not the end of the world to have a little bit of water in the bladders, but you don't want pints of it in there.
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Yes, do what adam suggested, do not take the bladder out, it's not worth all the trouble. I could not bring the kite to the beach because there was very little wind near the beach and it was impossible to carry the kite and fly the kite. I had to deflate the kite so that it would not blow out to the channel and under the bridge.
For drying anything airflow is key. I use a fan to dry all neoprene so that it dries within a few hours. Same with camelbak bladders. If you can rig something up to get air flow into the bladder then I think you could get it dry within a few hours. I have no idea how to do this but maybe duct tape the pump hose to a hair dryer set on cold. Open the deflate valve (might need to restrict flow out with something partially over the hole. Let the kite inflate enough to spread the bladder. With air going in/out I think the water would eventually all come out.
I would drain it first as someone else suggested to get it as dry as possible.
I did what Adam suggested a couple of times and I think it got most of the water out. I figure that every time I deflate the kite after use a little bit more will come out.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and especially thanks again to Sonny for rescuing my kite in the first place.
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