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Works well on autopilot
A match made in heaven: the Parasailor on autopilot. It's great to see how well they go together. The Parasailor, on the one hand, with its great self-trimming characteristics easily copes with the steering of the autopilot. On the other hand, the autopilot does not have to intervene much, as the Parasailor has almost no tendency to roll.
Every customer is entitled to a complimentary training at our national training center in St. Petersburg, Florida, where we operate a fleet of luxury boats ranging in size from 32 to 50 ft. You simply fly into Tampa airport, receive a complimentary night's stay on one of our boats, followed by a private training session the next day.
At the end of your training session with your private instructor you will be totally confident in your ability to use and enjoy your new Parasailor.
"I'd recommend the Parasailor to everyone"
"You're not at the sheet and guy the whole time, something that really suits a lazy crew. I often set the Parasailor without the pole and just use it like a normal asymmetric. I'd recommend the Parasailor to anyone thinking about buying a new spinnaker."
Jimmy Cornell, sailing pioneer and author, UK
How the wing works
A tailwind fills the sail and propels the yacht forward (advance). Part of the pressure escapes through the opening in the sail behind which the wing has been fitted in such a way that the air flows past above and below it. Thanks to the shape of the wing and the angle at which the air flows towards it (with the angle optimised for efficiency), the air on the surface of the wing accelerates faster than the air beneath it. Low pressure then forms on the surface which literally sucks the wing upwards and stabilises it (lift).
The wing lift achieves two essentials effects: Firstly the pressure on the bow is minimised. And secondly the propulsion is increased because the wing's optimised angle of efficiency is designed so that the loss of propulsion caused by the opening is completely compensated for.
Each Parasailor is a highly durable product. Already its structure lets it cope with hard gusts much better than regular spinnakers. The horizontal opening is a true safety vent, allowing a sudden and strong increase in air pressure to exit the sail in a controlled manner. Furthermore, the multi-ply and double-stiched clews as well as the webbing and dacron tape reinforced leeches make the Parasailor a tough downwind sail.
"I had my Parasailor up for more than a week"
"While crossing the Indian Ocean, I had my Parasailor up for more than a week without taking it down. I love my Parasailor and I think it's worth it."
Mike Harker († 2011), hang gliding pioneer and single handed circumnavigator, USA
"Can be sailed efficiently without a mainsail or a pole."
"Impressed by the stability and smoothness of the ride."
"This would not have happened with the Parasailor."
"Perfectly suited for short-handed sailing."
Frequently Asked Questions
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