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Towline length?

Started by Mudders, July 09, 2014, 19:24:19 pm

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So me and a mate are gonna have a muck around with some towing. Tug is a Wot4 XL with 26cc petrol and glider is a 3m seagull K8. Our strip is not massive which got me thinking about towline length.

Is there a 'rule of thumb'? to determine minimum length??

Muds  :)


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Philip Goff

July 09, 2014, 19:44:06 pm #2 Last Edit: July 09, 2014, 20:08:15 pm by nmacwarbirds
Are you bringing the K8 to Tibenham,
there will be a tug present. Muffler is taking his K8, it will be it's maiden flight.  :-X

Regards Phil G.
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30 to 50 ft is quite short and could make it quite interesting, i think the one ian and me have used was 30 mtrs, but its a hoot!! :af :af

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Handbrake Harris

Agree with Chris on this one...

Get a builders 30m plumbline from B&Q

Its quite thick nylon with a fair bit of give in it.

Honest - it weather cocks..


Thanks guys, so there is no 'rule of thumb' then?

30m is what I'll try, and if it looks too long I'll have to shorten it a bit!

I already have a towline Jez, builders line from B&Q, I have added the swivels etc too all some time ago but never used it!

Phil, I picked it up second hand but unflown yesterday, I have to put the release mech in and set it all up on my TX, so chances of tomorrow are slim as tonight I have to pack for the weekend, 3 shows in 3 days!

I look forward to seeing Mufflers, maybe I can glean some ideas  :) :)

Muds  :)


Too short a towline can be a problem - any veering off line is that much harder to correct in time. I've only ever used a towline in free flight days - shortest I can remember using was about 70-80 feet for a series of small gliders 30-40" span and AUWs of 2 to 5 ounces.
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We use 20 to 25 meters and a 0,6 mm fishingline loop as a weak link, for gliders up to 4 meters.

Good luck

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