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Posted by: FellowCountryMan Aug 2 2006, 12:55 PM

The last couple of days I've been out well past dark. Last night the police where in the area with their lights on and I was sure they where coming after me. To my surprise they did not approach me. This has left me wondering on the legalities of kiting in the dark.

I've been doing some research today with both the Coast Guard and DNR in regards to the legality of it. To my surprise it's legal and there are no rules on it. They do recommend having a white light on your body to alert boaters of your presence. It would be best to have it in such a way that it can be seen from all directions. It can be constant or flashing just make sure it is not to bright. There is no need for any lights on the kite.

You have to love being classified as a water toy. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Turtle Aug 2 2006, 05:26 PM

I can mount a light on my turtle shell helmet for night riding. I will have to do some searching to find a waterproof one with a battery. Any Ideas?

This opens up many more hours of kiting for me!

John

Posted by: FellowCountryMan Aug 2 2006, 06:35 PM

This sucker has my name all over it. As a matter of fact I'm going to buy a couple extra for the boat.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/10001/-1/10001/13843/10001/51/50/8

Posted by: Steve Martin Aug 3 2006, 07:03 AM

I had a sweet 30 minute night kiting session last night at Metro, 9:25 - 9:55. I didn't start until after sunset.

Posted by: elkusbry Aug 7 2006, 02:09 PM

ive been waiting months to get my first night session in and finally got it this weekend. Wykoff and i rode from 8pm -3am on saturday in the tawas ponds and the lake. It was a blast. I got a little footage as well i hope it turned out alright. I defently want to do it again soon!

~elkus

Posted by: H2Okiter Aug 8 2006, 09:00 AM

A kiteboard is a "water toy" so you shouldn't have to put nav lights on it. But I wouldn't ride anywhere near boat traffic because they will be running fast and they can't see anything. (not to mention they might be drunk)

We have some blinking clip on LED lights that you could put up on the kite. They are light enough to put on stunt kites so they wouldn't affect a big kite at all.

Night Kiting sounds like fun, I have been trying to do it on the snow, but I usually only find windy clear nights after I have been riding all day. sad.gif

- DC

Posted by: surfer66ca2 Aug 8 2006, 10:08 AM

I have a sailboat that we often go out on when the wind is good at night. Boats are required to have a white light and red green bow lights. The eyes can play tricks on you even with these lights visible so if you want to go play in front of a 30' sailboat or powerboat without letting them know of your presence......good luck! they wont see you...that I can promise. I know kiting at night can be cool but think about what you doing.......Can anyone say "CHICKEN"......kite at night? wear a light!
Stubby

Posted by: FellowCountryMan Aug 8 2006, 11:35 AM

It's funny because you guys are making the same points as the authorities. They basically said if you are going to do it make sure you make yourself known.

I've got my eyes on the flats around the berry. 12-18 inches of water and to shallow for boats to be on plane. No jet skis unless E is around biggrin.gif . A flashing strobe on my body and maybe one on the kite. Just like in the day time, stay as far away as possible can form any boats in the area.

Tom

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