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Frequently Asked Questions
Note - this guide applies equally to the operation of both the Parasailor and Parasail, but only Parasailor will be referred to for simplicity and clarity.
A. 20 knots (true)
We recommend that 20 knots (true) is the strongest wind you should fly your Parasailor in. (That’s a Force 5!)
In these conditions you will see other cruising yachts with reefs in their mains and headsails, let alone flying a very large spinnaker! With winds of 20 knots, there will commonly be gusts of 25 knots or more, which the Parasailor will cope with easily.
A. Very light winds
Thanks to its aero-nautical grade fabric (being both very light and extremely strong), the Parasailor can be used in very light winds. Exact wind strength required varies depending on your own boat, but owners have reported sailing in 3 knots of wind (true).
With a Parasailor you can sail dead downwind (with almost no chance of broaching), or on a reach with a wind angle of up to 60 degrees.
The Parasailor's wing acts like a soft batten which keeps the sail stable with no need for a pole. However, if you would like to use a pole it is of course possible to use one. Just set the sail up as you would your spinnaker.
A. A wide range - depending on your yacht.
Deep-keeled yachts have been known to sail as close as 45 degrees apparent wind angle and 65 degrees is not uncommon, even on a catamaran. All vessels will be able to achieve 90 degrees to a dead run.
A. Probably not
The Parasailor is provided with its own Easysnuffer and launching line. The only additional deck equipment required is a halyard to raise the Easysnuffer, some control lines (how many are required depends on your vessel) and some cockpit winches to trim the control lines.
There is no need to purchase a furler, reefing system, pole or any other expensive equipment. The Parasailor is provided with pretty much everything you'll require to go sailing with.
It is simple and straight-forward to gybe a Parasailor when it uses a four-line setup.
The Parasailor is incredibly forgiving. The wind can shift up to 50 or 60 degrees, and you may not need to adjust the sheets. This makes for very easy handling and is particularly useful when sailing on autopilot.