Sleeving your line minimizes the chance of breakage at the knot and makes line attachment and removal a lot easier. At each knot on your line is a place for friction to occur which reduces the strength of your kite line at that juncture. Using sleeving allows you to dissipate the friction and increase your line life. All of Great Canadian Kite Companies Premium line sets come pre-sleeved.
The sleeving kit is great when lines do break or you wish to buy line in bulk and build your own custom line sets.
Easy to use.
includes re-usable sleeving tool and two, different colour sleeve.
Kit/tool may vary from pictures.
- Repair Broken Lines
- Protects line at knots
- Includes Instructions
Basic Sleeving instructions:
Once your lines are stretched and measured you are ready to sleeve each end. Our Sleeving kits come with simple instruction, two different colours of sleeving and a sleeving tool. Here are the basic steps to sleeving your spectra kite line:
- Sleeve one end of the line at a time making sure that you use the same colour of sleeving for both ends of the same line. This is really helpful to help you keep straight which line goes to each side of the kite and which its corresponding flying strap.
- Insert the sleeving tool through your sleeving. Pull the tool a few centimetres through the sleeving.
- After the tool is inserted through the sleeve carefully take a lighter and melt the ends of the dacron for a clean-looking sleeving job. This will keep the Dacron sleeving from fraying.
- Thread your Spectra line through the end of the sleeving tool and pull the tool back through the dacron sleeving bringing the kite line with it.
- With the sleeving now on your line, you can remove the sleeving tool.
- Slide the sleeving towards the end of the line being careful not to go too far or you will have to reinstall the sleeve using the sleeving tool.
- Tie a knot in the very end of the line (including the sleeve).
- Stretch the sleeving back up the line so it won't bunched up.
- Tie another knot at the end farthest from the end.
- Bring these two knots together and make a loop as shown below. Make sure this loop is big enough that you can easily tie a Larkshead knot to attach to the kite or flying straps. Ensure these loops are the same size on each end of each line.
The end of the line is now sleeved and you can repeat the process for each of the other lines. Remember: make sure you have the same colour sleeving on the ends of the same line.