Originally Posted by caradow
please explain the advantages of a "parasailor" over a conventional spinnaker
I see none and it appears as a pure marketing
ploy, but then again I have never used one but have loads of experience with syms and asyms.
also it seems almost scary to leave one of these things flying at night while on AP.
was there someone on watch?
would love to be educated.
Parasailor advantages in my opinion from my actual experience:-
- They can be run with confidence in higher wind
strengths like sustained 25 knots.
- The wing slot does a great job & acts like a safety
valve by exhausting stronger wind
gusts which would often result in a blow out of a conventional spinnaker.
- They are very well behaved & require very little trimming compared to a conventional spinnaker. We used to say that it was virtually set and forget it flew so well for days & nights on end.
- They fly perfectly under autopilot
in all wind strengths and there were never any scary moments. Of course we always have someone on watch both day and night whether we have the Parasailor up or not.
- They do not easily collapse like conventional kites as the wing does a great job to support the kite.
- You do not need to have other sails
like an asymmetric
spinnaker or a screecher as the Parasailor is very versatile and can be flown at a wide range of apparent wind angles.
- Just for info our Parasailor was 188 square metres.
- They are not just a marketing ploy. Cat owners on this forum who have a Parasailor all seem to be happy with them.