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Old 09-10-2003, 11:18 PM   #1
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Towing a glider with a boat - possible?

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Hello everyone. I am very new to the hobby - built my first plane a couple of months ago, a SPAD Debonaire, learned to fly in a farmers field and now fly off floats at my parents cottage.

I don't know much about gliders, but with all of my other crazy ideas, I have thought about the possibility of building a glider and towing it up with a boat (fishing boat) at the lake. Is this even feasible? From what I have read, I won't find any thermals over the water, so don't know if it could be towed high enough to be worthwhile. I have read about winch starts for folks that don't have slopes, so wondered if this might work.

Thanks for any feedback.

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Old 09-11-2003, 02:37 PM   #2
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Sure you could tow it up behind a boat!

But were you going to land it?

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Old 09-12-2003, 05:41 AM   #3
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Figured if it was a foamie or SPAD, I'd have a pretty big landing strip

But seriously, how high do you need to tow a glider and what kind of flight time does one get. Am I right about no thermals over water?
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Depending on your site selection, you might consider using a power pod with a 049 to launch your glider. Been doing this with my gentle lady for a while. Including the engine run, this plane has been getting up to 7.5 minute flights (haven't go the hang of finding thermals yet). Also the unpowered performance does suffer a bit from the extra weight and drag.
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