Hello everyone, its been a very interesting read and as a result I have been doing a lot more research
into what would be most beneficial as well as cost effective including a competitor to the Istek Parasailor being the Wingaker parasail from Austria.
As we are currently having a new main made for the boat I spoke with the sailmaker
who was prepared to do an estimate for me to run a furling
spinnaker which included the installation
of all the required hardware
and running rigging
as well as the furler
and sail. Shock horror. Approximate five K for the supply and installation
of the prodder, dolphin strikers running gear
and another 4 grand for the furler
. On top of that add 4 grand for the sail and its stacks up quite considerably. The furling
system was from a very very reputable company here in Sydney
who are doing this type of mod to Seawind
Catamarans and specialise in this type of retro fit.
I thought it might be an bit of overkill till I talked to our local shipwright. He was caught out doing a similar installation on a Fountaine Pajot
46. Long story short the boat was never designed for the retro fit and caused considerable damage to the inner hulls due to the amount of stress placed on the connection points. It required a marine
architect to work out the loads and advise of the required construction for the retro fit. Big job.
I have not found any information on a retro fit for the Lagoon
but if anyone knows of anything I would be muchly appreciated.
I have since found Wingaker parasails. They appear to be well advanced in their design and have a solid understanding of the aerodynamics of the sail due to their involvement with gliding parasails. I really like the fact that the sails
are tested in a wind tunnel to determine their efficiency and strength. Research
shows them widley used in the ARC
and European countries much like the Istec Brand.
Despite all the research I have done I cannot find anything negative on either Istec or the Wingaker unit. Both are shown on youtube in a variety of conditions by their respective owners. The big difference in the two is the price. The Wingaker is less than half the price of the Istec unit with all the gear
and at this time we are leaning that way. I understand the comments over marketing
ploys but normally with such marketing
I would have expected a few negative comments regarding their efficiency or claims not being up to scratch. None found to date.
Greg and Sue