Originally Posted by simonpickard
For the ARC rally I need a good downwind sail. We have a hanse 385 37' mono and keep hearing about these parasailor sails
and how they are used a lot on the ARC.
The website looks good, but I wanted to hear from some actual owners if you're out there before I drop £2500 on this.
Few questions I have below:
1. How easy are they to use? We'll be double handed so need something very easy to handle.
2. If we hit a squall what happens? How easy is it to get the sail down in sudden high winds?
3. Do you need to reinforce the bow to use these? Do they place tension anywhere we need to be aware of?
4. Anything else you noticed, tips, experiences.
Any advice would be most welcomed.
Thanks in advance,
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Hi Simon. The parasailor has been a great sail for us. We have 125m2 one, retail is around 7000 euro, the cost goes up a lot with size.. What size are you looking at? Also I believe the ARC offers a discount for participants. Another option is a wingaker, similar design and much less expensive, I've heard good reviews
on those as well. You can see a demo or two on YouTube.
As far as your questions, for us it is very easy to use 2 handed, although it may be a a little easier as we are on a cat and have a large foredeck to work on. It can be used without a spinakker pole on a mono but I do see a lot using a pole as well.
They can be left up in stronger winds than a spinakker so that makes for easier handling and less sail changes. Also the main and jib
aren't used so it saves on wear and tear. The highest wind
we have dropped ours to date is about 25k TWS and it was very easy, I think 35k would be manageable with ours and definitely with a smaller size it shouldn't be a problem.
Another less expensive downwind option to consider is adding another jib
if you have a double track on the furler
. This configuration is very easy to handle, both jibs furl together as needed and in a squall you simply ease the sheets
to spill the wind
. I think twin headsails would only work from around 170 degrees apparent, where the parasailor works around to 120 degrees.
Parasailor can have up to 6-8 weeks delivery
time for new orders.