The 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. Kitewing LLC has made 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.
The standard Skimbat 4.8 sail is Dacron®. A limited number of monofilm sails are still available as an option.
The 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.
The Dacron® 4.8 sail is a versatile sail that can be stowed on the frame.
The Skimbat 4.8 is the wing that inspired the “standard” Kitewing frame, the frame is the same frame as utilized by the 5.5 wing, but with different length front tube extensions , and battens. The boom and Y tubes are constructed from EVA coated aluminum for a soft grip and insulation. The front tubes of the “standard” frame are composite fiberglass tubes used in combination with the Kitewing proprietary Kitewing Y-joint, and Front Tube Extensions [FTE].
Stiff and light weight carbon fiber composite front tubes are available as an optional upgrade to 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 quickly as the standard frame does.