We purchased a Parasailor for Ascension from Seateach in the UK and have been very pleased with the sail. We received great support from Stewart at Seateach who allowed us to try flying a similar sized Parasailor prior to our purchase
- The sail itself is very good quality, the snuffer is also well put together, has good running rigging
and a nice carbon fibre mouth, though my one criticism is that the sock material is very light and particularly prone to chafe.
- To fly the sail to best effect under fresh tradewind conditions whilst shorthanded I made a few hardware
• Larger Pad eyes for the Port & Stbd bow guy blocks
• Large Pad eyes aft for the sheet blocks
• 2 Harken
30ST sheet winches aft
• 1 Harken
30ST halyard winch
• 6 Selden blocks for guys and sheets
• 1 Selden block and Whichard locking shackle for mast halyard
block (old one failed under load)
• 1 Selden Ratchet block on the snuffing line
- We find the sail fly's very well from 80 to 180 apparent, when hoisted on its own. When flown with the main it is quite sensitive to the turbulent flow in the lee of the mainsail
, however with practice it can be launched on a beam reach in clear air and then the course adjusted as required. Below 80 to get adequate sheet tensions there is chafing issues on various kit.
- We have flown the sail very successfully in true wind
speeds from 7 to 25 knots, though snuffing requires a team effort and gets exciting above 20kts.
I find the sail is a great cruising spinnaker for short handed sailing and covers the majority of trade wind
conditions and angles comfortably. Having the centre of effort well forward reduces the workload on the autopilot
, and with the main stowed chafing is reduced to absolute minimum. We flew the Parasailor for 6 days continuously toward the end of a Transatlantic.
- for shorthanded oceangoing cruising cats - highly recommended!
Will try and post some pics of the sail and hardware
mods when I'm back on the boat