Dean, I'm a little unclear on the handle position at the stake. It seems I remember from my first few trips if I'm going to launch LE up the bottom pigtail has to be around the stake so the kite can lean back with both lines fairly tight. Launching inverted would be the reverse. Or does it really matter if both lines are tight.
I did go to the beach this afternoon & no wind. I assembled the kite lines the way you suggested but could only get a few feet off the ground then back down. I think this way will work for me. Just need some wind.
I did manage to get my lines twisted up & took a while to get untangled. I've been larksheading the ends of the RH & LH lines together at the handle end before winding them on the winder. Do you larkshead both ends in sets so less chance of tangle?
Thanks for your input.
I'm not sure it matters that much with the LE up so long as you push the wing tips forward a few inches. Personally i always hook the top pigtails round the take but it makes sense to do the bottom ones - it's just sometimes the kite sits too far back that way.
As for winding the lines - i always larkshead the lines together at both ends although recently i've taken to leaving the handles on if i'm going to be using the lineset again. This kitelife article gives some really good methods for winding lines - i've been using method 3 with a good deal of success:
Hope that helps