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Skyhook Kite Sail Instructions

Originally designed by Paul's Fishing Kites in 1989, the Skyhook is similar to a spinnaker on a yacht. It is a Kite Sail rather than a kite.

The Skyhook is designed to more than double the available sail area, providing more pull without the added expense of buying different sized kites.

The skyhook is ideal for light wind areas, night fishing, or punching your gear out through high surf, strong rips and long shore currents.

Another special feature of the skyhook is, because it is a non directional kite, it is highly effective at increasing your tacking angle.

Remember to add extra weight to your bottle float and hook section when deploying the skyhook.

If your gear is set faster than a walking pace then your hook section will be under weighted causing the mainline and hooks to be lifted off the bottom once set to its full distance offshore.

An underweighted mainline will not fish as well and can cause tangling of the traces.

This Skyhook is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the Paul's Fishing Kites' Super Kite, Nighthawk Kite or Delta Force kites. It's benefits and flying characteristics may vary if flown with other Kitefishing manufacturers products.

 

ASSEMBLY

If you have purchased the Skyhook separately it is supplied with a kiteline cord insert.

This cord is pre-tied with two loops at one end (top) and three loops at the other (bottom). Measure down from the top end of your kiteline approximately 7 arm spans (both arms spread straight out).

Cut your kiteline and tie in the Skyhook cord insert. The best knot to use for this is a uni knot, wet the cord and the nylon and pull the knot up slowly for maximum knot strength.

If the knot jams while tying, cut the nylon and tie again.

  1. Unroll the skyhook and put the free end of the dowel into the black tee.
  2. Holding the Skyhook with the dowel facing up or away from you, clip the top clip attached to the black tee to the top most of the two loops at the top end of the skyhook cord.
  3. The second clip attached to the tee is attached to the bottom of the top two loops.
  4. Clip the coastlock clip on the end of skyhook tailrope to one of the three small loops at the bottom end of the skyhook cord.
  5. Launch the kite and skyhook and observe their flight.

If the skyhook is flying behind the kite and the kiteline kinks back then the tailrope is set too low.

If the skyhook is looping or getting too far in front of the kite then the tailrope is set too high.

Perfect adjustment of the skyhook is when, from looking from the reel up the kiteline, the kiteline is straight where the skyhook is attached.

Sometimes an in-between position on the three loops is required.

This is achieved by tying a small knot in the skyhook tailrope.

DO NOT USE SWIVELS TO JOIN LINES

The skyhook cord insert remains in the kiteline whether you are using the skyhook or not. Keep a check on your knots and re-tie regularly. Regularly check the kiteline and cords for nicks and fraying.

The Large Skyhook should support the weight of the kiteline beneath itself and should never cause the pilot kite to work against it.

If the skyhook tail rope is set too high it will cause the kites to loop.

If the skyhook tail rope set is set too low the pilot kite will be pulled down, decreasing the maximum tacking angle achievable.

When the skyhook is set correctly the kiteline should be in a direct line from the kite to the kite reel.

 

 

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