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Old 17-02-2020, 21:33   #1
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Oxley Bora vs new ISTEC parasailor?

I was considering a parasailor but at Boot I discovered Oxley who are making a lookalike version of the now-out-of-patent parasailor and ISTEC have responded with a new version of the parasailor.

- Can anyone point me at any independent reviews or ideally personal experience of the new design parasailor? Ideally a comparison with the old version but I recognise that this sail is new and there's probably few people with personal experience of old and new versions.
- Ditto for the Oxley Bora. Given that the ISTEC reps' main reason why I should prefer their product was that the Bora was a 15-year-old design I'm guessing it's not inferior to the old parasailor which ISTEC had been pitching as great only 4 months previously at the Southampton boat show.

For reference, my boat is a heavy long-fin 12m monohull and after a lot of thinking, despite the heinous cost, a sail of this type would seem to be just what I'm looking for.
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Re: Oxley Bora vs new ISTEC parasailor?

We're doing the same research. If you haven't yet, you might also wish to look at the Wingaker Parasail. wingaker.com - Home

We're still trying to work out the differences and best fit.
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Old 18-02-2020, 12:08   #3
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If you haven't yet, you might also wish to look at the Wingaker Parasail. wingaker.com - Home
Thanks: I have and would also like to hear any comparison between the wingaker and the other two. I believe it's akin to the parasail rather than parasailor, and claims better light airs performance at the expense of less tolerance at the upper end. I doubt my courage to leave a downwind sail up with over 20 knots apparent but in attempt to cut down the field in some kind of rational way, in the absence of other info, I'm going to focus on the set-up-and-leave-for-a-week (allegedly) variants.
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Re: Oxley Bora vs new ISTEC parasailor?

The Oxley is apparently designed by the man who originally designed the Para-Sailor and then sold the rights to it. Maybe he regretted that decision, because it was ready to go as soon as the Patent ended. These sails have definitely captured the "boat show" buyers with a lot of marketing, but really they are not that easy for forgiving.
Most cruisers here ( and here is the mid point of most peoples circumnavigation ) are using code zero's and screechers for downwind work, with asymmetrical spinnakers being the next popular. The feedback I get is you'll still need a pole on a mono-hull to keep it stable.
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Re: Oxley Bora vs new ISTEC parasailor?

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone purchased the Oxley or Wingaker sail? We are trying to decide which one to pick, and would love to hear some feedback on both.
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Old 27-01-2022, 04:28   #6
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Re: Oxley Bora vs new ISTEC parasailor?

what is price. when i receive an offer for small parasailor price be around 10000Ä + gear. and i say thanks.
is price drop
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Re: Oxley Bora vs new ISTEC parasailor?

We purchased the Wingaker for our lagoon 410. After decided on the wingaker over the after much research. I was able to speak with the designer and owner of the company Lothar Weber. As their was only the wife after speaking with Lothar we went for a slightly smaller sail for our cruising purely based on the facs that it is very easily handled by a couple, the service we received and the fact that Lothar had tested his sails in wind tunnels and also to destruction to obtain a real idea of how his sails would survive. The sail comes with its own snuffer whish we found very easy to use. We found that speaking with Lothar he was able to listen and then suggest the sail for us. We have been very happy with the sail.


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We purchased the Wingaker for our lagoon 410. After decided on the wingaker over the after much research. I was able to speak with the designer and owner of the company Lothar Weber. As their was only the wife after speaking with Lothar we went for a slightly smaller sail for our cruising purely based on the facs that it is very easily handled by a couple, the service we received and the fact that Lothar had tested his sails in wind tunnels and also to destruction to obtain a real idea of how his sails would survive. The sail comes with its own snuffer whish we found very easy to use. We found that speaking with Lothar he was able to listen and then suggest the sail for us. We have been very happy with the sail.


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