Originally Posted by caradow
This thread is unbelievable!
I sincerely do not want to offend anyone but I must say
it sounds like you people advocating a parasail may have just fallen victim to a sailmaker's marketing
From someone who has come from a very competitive racing
background and racing
with numerous sailmakers for over 40 years I think the parasail is a goofy invention.
For cruising dead down wind
a slightly blown out racing kite would do just as well and a lot cheaper!
A symmetrical kite is one of the easiest sails
to fly especially on a cat. It is not like you have to jibe the thing.
You guys have talked about how easy it is to fly, not having to worry about it overnight and it just cares for itself. Well I guess it's no problem when you get hit with that squall line that is always lurking.
Please, I encourage someone from a racing background to convience me otherwise.
Maybe it is something I am missing so I would like to be educated. I really don't need to hear from someone who has 7000 miles experience with one unless they have used a symmetrical kite extensively in the past and under the same conditions of your parasail.
Please please spell it out for me and if you can provide me logical explanations then I will go and buy one because my asym is quite disappointing when you need to go deep.
So again please do not be offended just have a different opinion.
I have flown symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers in racing and for cruising for many years. During my Atlantic crossing
I had a friend on board who has raced his boats (36') almost every week for 25 years in the Pacific north west. He could not believe how well behaved our Parasailor was. We were in up to 33 knots of wind
(during our nightly squalls) and around 25-28 during the days. We had 5m swell ( not only our guesstimate but also in the daily weather forecast
we got from a first class weather router) with up to 2 m wind waves at about 45 degrees to the swell. We flew the Parasailor for over 3 days straight through until we blew both of our mast fittings for the halyard
out of the mast. Flying it from the top was just too dangerous. Flying a Genoa
with a triple reefed main was no fun at all and much harder on the auto pilot. So we reduce to just genoa
to give the autopilot
a break until the waves and wind went down a little. We slowed down for, 200+ Nm days to below 170Nm days.
Please take a look at the design of parachutes. They have a hole at the top. Why? Because it makes them more stable. They will not swing back and forth. The Parasailor has a hole too, but not only that. It has the parasail too, which is double chambered and inflated by the ram air. With that it acts as an inflatable
batten across the width of the sail, pushing the shoulders out.
By the way the guys that make the Parasailor also make top notch parachutes.