For full information on the Parasailor, please visit Parasailor.co.uk
Welcome to the future of downwind sailing...
Conventional spinnakers are notoriously difficult to handle. Requiring complicated tackle and wildly poles to stabilise them, as well as a well trained crew. No more!
The Parasailor provides spinnaker-beating performance, with a unique level of control and stability, whilst being so simple to operate, that even single-handers can fly it with ease.
Parasailor is the choice of hundreds of blue water sailors and seen in sailing rallies the world over, however the benefits of this sail over a spinnaker and asymmetrics are so great that more and more weekend sailors are turning to Parasailor.
In a nutshell - what makes the Parasailor different?
The Parasailor has two unique features over a conventional spinnaker;
firstly the wing - which stretches across the sail at its widest point, and secondly the vents in the sail which are positioned above and below the wing. As the sail is filled, some of the pressure escapes through the vents, channelling airflow above and below the wing. This airflow creates high and low pressure on the surfaces of the wing, generating lift on the bow. The benefit of this lift is that there is less resistance of your movement through the water, increasing both your efficiency and performance. Comfort is also enhanced as if the bow is not digging into the water, the pitch and yaw of the boat is reduced, giving everyone a comfortable and relaxed sail.
The second benefit of the wing is stability. As the wind fills the sail, so too it inflates the wing, turning it effectively into a soft batten. This creates a semi-rigid 'batten' across the widest point of the sail which helps prevent the Parasailor from collapsing and allowing you to sail closer to the wind. Indeed the Parasailor can fly quite happily at up to 60 degrees apparent wind.
Sounds great - but is it easy to use?
In a word - Yes! Hoisting and lowering the Parasailor is easy to use with the Easysnuffer (included). The colour-coded sleeves of the Easysnuffer prevents twisting and the Parasailor clews are held securely with snap hooks, fixed in pockets of the elliptically shaped snuffer mouth. The cruising bag (also included), compresses when in storage allowing Parasailor to be stored in surprisingly small spaces.
The Parasailor needs just four lines to fly it with, can be controlled entirely from the cockpit and has no need for a pole.
If you decide to purchase a Parasailor, we will come to your boat and give you a lesson in how to use the Parasailor, free of charge.
Can I have a logo or other custom artwork on my Parasailor?
Of course! Each Parasailor is bespoke and made to order, so we can also include a logo or custom artwork on it. The best place for that is on the lower part of the sail (between the sail's foot and wing).
Please provide the artwork as vector graphics (examples include; .cdr | .eps | .ai | .pdf). Quotations for custom artwork available upon request.
Is the Parasailor legal for racing?
Yes! The Parasailor has been approved by the Rating Office of the Royal Ocean Club for racing under the IRC rule, incurring no increase in IRC rating. A copy of the letter is available on request.
Just so I'm clear - what is the use of the wing again?
The two immediate effects of the wing are:
- The wing stabilises the sail horizontally, increasing the Parasailor's resistance to collapse in shifting winds
- The wing provides a vertical lifting moment, adding to the overall stability of the Parasailor and reducing load on the bow
Consequently, the wing lets you handle your boat more easily because:
- The Parasailor is sufficiently stable to be used without a spinnaker pole
- The Parasailor is more forgiving about inattentive steering
- The Parasailor doesn't have to be constantly trimmed to be kept open
- The Parasailor can be flown from 70 degrees on one side of the boat, all the way down to 180 degrees and back to 70 degrees on the other side without any crew member having to work on the foredeck
- The sail collaborates well with your self-steering / auto-helm device
Can you summarise the benefits of a Parasailor over a conventional spinnaker?
- Can be set without a spinnaker pole
- Can sail dead downwind
- Pressurised wing performs like a soft batten, preventing sail collapse
- Aerodynamic lift from the paraglider type wing
- Gust venting (slots in the sail act like a pressure relief valve)
- Reduces stress on the rig
- Smooth and simple to operate - even for single handers
- Easy hoisting and lowering
- Reduces yawing and rolling of your vessel
- Great stability
How can I find out more?
For more information - please visit our dedicated website Parasailor.co.uk