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Old 18-11-2017, 06:49   #1
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Need advice on used Parasailor

Came across a 168 sq.m. Parasailor lightly used(as new). Seller agrees to part with it for 3000EUR but I have two concerns:

It has been repaired after ripping(sailmaker fixed 200EUR).
I do not know the dimentions except the area, and that it has been made for a Bavaria 47(18 m. mast).

My question to the forum is:
How much does a horizontal rip weakens the sail(and price)?
Do Parasailor costum-make each sail or do they have "sizes" for different boats/rigs? In other words: Will it fit my(on order) boat.

I will be delivering the boat myself in March(FRA-CRO), and really would like to have a downwind sail along. Looking for a gennaker but was tempted when I came across the Parasailor.
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Old 18-11-2017, 07:29   #2
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Re: Need advice on used Parasailor

Might be interesting finding out how they ripped it, but they are big sails and it could have caught on virtually anything during a hoist or drop.

Is there any chance of taking it to a local sail maker and asking for a report on it. What would the cost of an inspection cost? say Euro 100 (an hours work) at this time of year? if so that would be money well spent on a Euro 3000 sail I think.

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Old 18-11-2017, 20:23   #3
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Re: Need advice on used Parasailor

169 sq m is the size Parasailor quoted to me for an L450, but no dimensions of height and girth. I guess the Height would be the "I" of 17.4m? I ended up buying an asymmetric spinnaker as price for the parasailor was over 13k USD. 200 Euro doesn't sound like a big repair. Does the price include sock and compression bag?
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Old 19-11-2017, 00:50   #4
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Re: Need advice on used Parasailor

Price includes sail, sock and bag.
I have talked to the sailmaker who repaired it and he says sail looks good.
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Re: Need advice on used Parasailor

We are purchasing a Leopard 46 and the recommended size parasailor from Itec was a 156 m2 sail. It's a big bag to fit the sock and sail even when compressed.
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Re: Need advice on used Parasailor

Even in the best circumstances the the Parasailor doesnít perform better than a usual spinnaker.
I used it several times, once to cross the Atlantic on a HR46
We compared the performance between a normal spinnaker and Parasailor
At the same size the spinnaker performance are really better.
Furthermore, the spinnaker allows to brace and to luff more, also on a cata.
If you intend to use a spi-sock, the spinnaker flows much better.
Have you ever wondered why the competitors have never adopted the Parasailor?
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Old 19-11-2017, 12:12   #7
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Re: Need advice on used Parasailor

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Came across a 168 sq.m. Parasailor lightly used(as new). Seller agrees to part with it for 3000EUR but I have two concerns:

It has been repaired after ripping(sailmaker fixed 200EUR).
I do not know the dimentions except the area, and that it has been made for a Bavaria 47(18 m. mast).

My question to the forum is:
How much does a horizontal rip weakens the sail(and price)?
Do Parasailor costum-make each sail or do they have "sizes" for different boats/rigs? In other words: Will it fit my(on order) boat.

I will be delivering the boat myself in March(FRA-CRO), and really would like to have a downwind sail along. Looking for a gennaker but was tempted when I came across the Parasailor.
Sounds like a small repair and you have the sail makers statement to confirm the condition. The size is the one quoted by ISTEC and the one I have. It is by far my favorite sail and canít be beat in downwind conditions. Be aware that they rip easy if caught on any sharp object. Sounds like a reasonable deal to me.
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Sounds like a small repair and you have the sail makers statement to confirm the condition. The size is the one quoted by ISTEC and the one I have. It is by far my favorite sail and canít be beat in downwind conditions. Be aware that they rip easy if caught on any sharp object. Sounds like a reasonable deal to me.
Hi woc and thank you for the useful information.
BTW: I have ordered the gennaker option from Lagoon but I am afraid eyes on the bows for the tack-points is not fitted. How do you fix your tack?
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