My depower lines keep braking.

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I have a recurring problem with bars that have a de-power below the bar. Because the sheeting line is rope it is constantly braking. I was wondering if this is normal or if there is something i can do to prevent it from happening in the future?


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Hey Chase,

Sorry to hear you are having problems with your trim line. It should not be ‘constantly breaking’ that is for sure. Most people should get about 6 months out of a trim line, maybe 3-4 if you live in a sandy area and get a ton of days on the water. Some tips for maintenance include:

- Rinsing your bar after every session, sand is the big killer of trim lines
- Lightly waxing your line, keeps grit out of the line. I just use a bit of surf wax
- Most importantly of all, monitor the wear and tear on the line. If it starts to go then replace it, much better than having it break in the middle of a session. Depending on your leashing setup this can mean you have no attachment to the kite and it will be drifting away!


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thanks a lot.


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Also, I find that sand gets into the bar’s middle hole when setting up, so when I’ve launched and walked to the water’s edge, I give it a dunk in the water to get rid of the sand and make sure there’s nothing abrasive in there.

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vpas - 20 July 2012 11:20 AM

Also, I find that sand gets into the bar’s middle hole when setting up, so when I’ve launched and walked to the water’s edge, I give it a dunk in the water to get rid of the sand and make sure there’s nothing abrasive in there.

Yep that’s the way!


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These are all great tips.  Give the hole in the bar your lines go thru and the cleat on the chicken loop a close inspection for any burrs or unusualy rough spots.  These could happen from a hard jam of dirt, rock, pebble or some other odd contact in these areas.  If you see something try to carefully smooth the issue out or replace a part if it is real bad.

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I broke mine last weekend. I got in around 30 sessions.


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Guys, you should replace the rope earlier, don’t wait till the shit hits ...
If it gets fluffy / thinner; replace… Listen to the admin !  wink