Skimbat 4.8 has influenced and inspired sailors since its inception. The
Skimbat name is retained in deference and with respect for the team in Finland
from whence this wing came. KitewingLLChasmade a few subtle
changes to enhance the original design. Otherwise, it is much the same as the
beloved original developed in Helsinki all those years ago.
standard Skimbat 4.8 sail is Dacron®. A limited number of monofilm sails are
still available as an option.
monofilm 4.8 sails are reputedly a more stable sail than the Dacron®sail.
The mono film sails are popular with racing sailors and speed sailors.
Dacron®4.8 sail is a versatile sailthatcan be stowed on the
Skimbat 4.8 is the wingthatinspired the “standard” Kitewing frame,
the frame is the same frameasutilized by the 5.5 wing,
butwith different length front tube extensions, and battens. The
boom and Y tubes are constructed fromEVA coated aluminum for a soft grip
and insulation.The front tubes of the “standard” frame are composite
fiberglass tubesused in combination with the Kitewing proprietary
Kitewing Y-joint, and Front Tube Extensions [FTE].
and light weight carbon fiber composite front tubes are available as an
optional upgradeto the “standard” frame. The stiff carbon tubes are
about.27 kg. /8 oz. lighter than the fiberglass composite tubes.
The stiff tubes are a significant weight and inertia savings. However they make
the wing less forgiving in heavy air. The wing will react quickly to inputs; it
will not twist or de power as quicklyas the standard frame does.
Sizing: There are three main sizes in the Kitewing range this year. The Skimbat is the medium at 4.8 meters. The smallest is the 4.0 Falcon and the larger 5.5 size comes in three different configurations: 5.5 Dacron, 5.5 Full & the 5.5 Speed. There are a lot of considerations that go into picking the best size for your uses. If you need any advise, we are available at (800)320-9463 x 1 to help you with your selection. We have sold a LOT of wings for a number of different uses!!