Designed by Harry Sauls
The American Sportsman is a kite design all of it's own as the kite differs from the basic Sled.
The kite has a central keel that provides added stability and assists to keep the kite pointing into the wind. There is a series of triangular vents that provides a balanced airflow over the kite's sail. A four legged bridle also provides lateral stability.
The central keel when in flight forms a double concave sail. All bridle points are attached to dowels built into the sails,
(see drawing below).
This is a large kite, measuring 5 foot 6 inches when laided flat and has the ability to pull very hard in a good wind.
Suggested material for the sail is .75 oz. ripstop Nylon.