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Old 27-05-2015, 09:35   #16
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Re: Parasailor - 140 or 156 m2?

Very true David! 30 kn of daytime trade winds is probably close in pressure to 20-25 kn nighttime squalls. In the case where we had ours up and eventually retrieved it in 37 kn TWS, it was a night squall and my mate looked at the windspeed as we were dropping it. We were told by a parasailor rep, although he didn't recommend it, of a sailor who left his parasailor up in squalls and simply let out the sheets and guys to release the wind, till the parasailor was 15m above the deck, floating horizontally. We were trying this technique at the time and I can tell you, I don't recommend it either!! Although the parasailor was fairly stable, we were still surfing at over 15 kn boat speed with no way to reduce the speed. The boat handled it well but the potential for disaster was immense. While retrieving it, it snapped and shook like a cut snake until secured on the foredeck and I was amazed there was no damage. Since then we pretty much set a limit of around 25 kn TWS and any sign of rising winds above that, we drop it.
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Old 28-05-2015, 02:43   #17
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Re: Parasailor - 140 or 156 m2?

G'day Rob & Jen,
We are both well, we wintered in Marina di Ragusa Sicily...now in the Greek Islands ( loving it ) boats lifted out Tuesday 2nd...5 days on the hard, clean and antifoul . We're are you folk, we followed you across the Atlantic...interesting views on the Parasailor...most reports are good but have heard a few horror stories also.
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Old 28-05-2015, 06:44   #18
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Re: Parasailor - 140 or 156 m2?

Hi Jeff. Were currently in the grenadines, headed south to grenada over the next month. The parasailor isn't getting much of a workout here but great winds and sailing, a nice change from the med weather wise.
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Hi Ryan,

I had a 186 sqm on my Salina, the best sail I ever had!
I'd go for the bigger one, just don't listen to any other owner's blog where they say that they keep it up on 30kn. Big mistake.

The sail is great in light winds, mine stayed up and drove us downwind in 6kn true wind.
If you make a rule to take it down at the factory recommended wind speed, it will serve you for many years.
Mine blew out at 25kn.
Hi, Sorry about the Necropost revival. We have a Salina, and the Parasailor guy at the boat show recommended a 156, and said we *could* go as large as a 162. That seemed small to me since the boat is larger than the Helia, and I know of a Lagoon 50 that has a 203. How did you come about deciding on that size, if you don't mind me asking?

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Re: Parasailor - 140 or 156 m2?

I bought mine second hand from a 60' mono. No choice.....
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I bought mine second hand from a 60' mono. No choice.....
So, you didn't find that it overpowered the boat?
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....also, how was the forward visibility below the sail?
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So, you didn't find that it overpowered the boat?
Well, overpowered.... you just have to take it down when it gets too windy for your boat, in light winds, the bigger the better.

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 ....also, how was the forward visibility below the sail?
I had mine at topmast, had to do some mods or the halyard only lasts 12h....
If you release the guy, it will fly higher, you might or might not loose some power, but it will stay up.
Amazing sail!!!
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Re: Parasailor - 140 or 156 m2?

We love our parasailor. We asked very early about flying a spiny from the mast head but where told that zspar don't recommend it. So we use the standard factory halyard. Not sure why zspar don't like masthead but maybe as it's not stayed?
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We love our parasailor. We asked very early about flying a spiny from the mast head but where told that zspar don't recommend it. So we use the standard factory halyard. Not sure why zspar don't like masthead but maybe as it's not stayed?
No backstay, and the shrouds don't go to the masthead. Not nearly enough support at the masthead for that sort of pull. Not that it couldn't be done, but they employ a lot of people who are smarter than me. If they say don't, I wouldn't.
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Re: Parasailor - 140 or 156 m2?

We have a 125 m2 Parasailor on our Belize 43. Could be a bit bigger sometimes, although it is nice that we can use it for up to 25 knots of wind.

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