PARASAILING TERMS TO KNOW
Parasailing, also known as parascending, or “parakiting” is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The manned kite’s moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat. The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or land vehicle, by the tow rope. The vehicle then drives off, carrying the parascender (or wing) and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time.
The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. The activity is primarily a fun ride, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding.There are commercial parasailing operations all over the world. Land-based parasailing has also been transformed into a competition sport in Europe. In land-based competition parasailing, the parasail is towed to maximum height behind a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The driver then releases the tow line; the parasailer flies down to a target area in an accuracy competition.
The sport was developed in the early 80’s and has been very popular ever since. The first international competitions were held in the mid 80’s and continue to this day.
Life Jackets = necessary sleeveless swim jacket
Harness = it is required to secure the guest in his seat, to ensure a a safe comfortable ride while parasailing
Tandem bar = a bar that enables 2 guests on the parasail, instead of just one.
Trible bar = a bar that enables 3 guests in the parasail, instead of just 1 or 2.
Roll cage = a chrome tower to open easily all sizes of parasails, even such as 36 – 40 ft.
Parasailing rope = a special waxed rope, for easy and safe working with a winch
Winch-boat = parasailing boat = parascending boat = platform boat
Parasailing winch = a winch system concepted for the usage of parasail in a platform boat
Boat configurator = a document which is concepted to find the personal configurations of a winch-boat
Parasailing, also known as parascending, or “parakiting” is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The manned kite’s moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat. The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or land vehicle, by the tow rope. The vehicle then drives off, carrying the parascender (or wing) and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. The activity is primarily a fun ride, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding.
There are commercial parasailing operations all over the world. Land-based parasailing has also been transformed into a competition sport in Europe. In land-based competition parasailing, the parasail is towed to maximum height behind a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The driver then releases the tow line; the parasailer flies down to a target area in an accuracy competition. The sport was developed in the early 80’s and has been very popular ever since. The first international competitions were held in the mid 80’s and continue to this day.
In the last years para-ascending or parasailing has become a significant watersports-business in tourism. A few years ago only some watersports venues offered Parasailing, as that kind of activity requires profound experience. This has now changed, as the majority of hotels, tour and dive center operators have realized that a parasailing boat would make a significant difference in their watersport-business and activities on proposal, representing a considerable source of income for the owners.
Pierre Lamoigne couldn’t have known that he was making aviation sport history when in the early 1960′s he attached a parachute to his moving car and invented parasailing. Lamoigne was a parachute teacher, and the easiest method then to teach the use of a parachute was to raise the “pilot” into the air to a certain height and then untie the parachute to let the pilot float free. People often confuse this method called parascending with hang gliding. But when Lamoigne did not release the parachute and pulled the pilot along in the air behind in a high-speed vehicle, parasailing truly began.
Higher standards for parasailing were set in the 1970s when a man named Mark McCulloh made history by using the parachutes at sea. He started first by raising parachutes from the shore but then went on to design a motorized platform, then a boat to pull the parachute back to the ship. These days there is even a specially designed ship with a built-in platform for take off and landing.
The Pioneer Parachute Company started making parachutes under the protected name of “Parasail” back in the 1960s after Lamoigne’s first successes. Parasailing historically has enjoyed most of its popularity as an air and water sport, but there are now land-based parasailing competitions that are especially popular in Northern Europe and Finland. History was made again with the first international competitions being held in 2004.
Parasailing does not have to rely on competitions to be a popular sport. History shows that the thrill and excitement of being airborne has made the sport of parasailing very popular with families. But caution and good judgment should always be used, especially with the equipment and weather conditions for flying. Everyone should get training from a certified parasailing instructor before attempting a first flight.
Commercial Boat Building works hard at ensuring our products are of the highest quality and standard. Constant research and development is done, in many countries around the world.
At CBB we work closely with our client to ensure their needs are met, we work through initial emails and calls, meet and discuss final design (if changes are to be made to an original design).
- Most importantly is to know exactly what the client needs and wants. We work closely to get to the end result, be it a parasailing boat, custom design speed boat, trailer or winch system to be custom fitted.
- Many questions are asked; from weather conditions in the area for the boat to be used to the type of clientele.
- All of these impact the design of the boat and what is needed in the end.
- Finalise the design with the client, once the design is finalised and costings are in place we are set to go!
- Deposit is paid and boat construction begins.
- CBB finishes the boat, does all necessary testing to ensure the craft meets the CE requirements.
- Boat gets ready for delivery to your home country.
Custom designed boats and trailers are a passion for our main boat builder, if you can see it working he will work around the clock to make your vision become a reality.
What we need from you
- Your vision
- Why you think it will work with some forms of your own research
- Describe to us exactly what you want to do with the boat / trailer
What we do
- Research and development to see whether the project is viable
- Engineer drawings
- Final product review
PARASAILING TERMS TO KNOW NECESSARY ITEMS FOR A PARASAILING OPERATION
- Well trained parasailing boat crew
- Economical parasailing boat
- Well selected parasails
- Reliable harnesses
- Long living special waxed rope
Well trained parasail-boat crew
To guarantee that your guests are safe on your parasailing-boat, we train and advice you in your base, sending one of our parasailing captains as a consultant or trainer – whether you have an established Parasail-company or a newly set up business. The benefit of an on-the-spot training and consultation is that you learn everything you need to know taking into account the local circumstances, such as wind, wave, water and land conditions that prevail in your area. The correct handling of a parasailing-boat is the prerequisite for a successful watersport-business.
In order to provide you with an economical paracraft, we need to have detailed information. For this reason, we set up a parasail-boat-configurator. We only produce platform-boats for platform para-ascending as we learned that using winchboats, which are equipped with a normal winch for starting from the beach, are far too dangerous due to the crowds at the seaside. In addition, a parasail start from the beach requires more staff.
Safety is paramount in our production. Each of our parasail-boats are produced under the regulations of the CE Certification. We produce custom-made boats only as all clients and companies have unique destinations and different budgets.
Parasailing boat – Gear – systems
We provide a wide range of gear-systems for our winch boats:
Parasailing boat – Engine suppliers
We also install a wide range of inboard – engines in our parasail boats, either fuel or diesel, between 200 HP (single engine) and 740 HP (double engine) by:
- Yanmar Marine
- Volvo Penta
- Mercury Mercruiser
- Steyr Motors
The engine compartment is beneath the boat´s platform and easily accessible. The compartment door comes with a hydraulic system to facilitate an easier access. We continuously conduct research and test alternative engines, which are lighter and more efficient as our customers require a constant change and development.
Parasailing boat – types
We provide two sizes of parasailing boats:
- Our smaller parasail boat type Alma carries 12 person
- and the bigger parasail boat Bunkjo has a capacity of 16 person
Parasail – boat winch system
In addition we provide a new winch system for our winch boats that has a lot of new features like brakes, special pumps, etc.
Parasail boat – Exterior
From A for anchor winch to Z for Z-Drive – every feature of the parasailboat will be custom-fit in order to meet your individual requirements.
Well selected parasail
Parasails – as a part of your parasailing-equipment – are very important. We recommend silicon-coated parasail. They have above average endurance and are easier to handle than non silicon-coated parasails. Parachutes are available in a range from 24 ft to 38 ft for single, double and triple usage.
Harnesses only need to be purchased once. We offer them in the size-range S-XL.
Special waxed parasailing winch – rope
The rope for the parachutes is exposed to extensive wear and tear. Most of them need to be replaced at least once during one season. We offer specially waxed ropes, which are suited for daily use and a high traction. They last for almost 2 years!
We also offer custom-made boat-trailers, with three axles. Occasionally, we offer used parasailing-boat packages that already include a boat-trailer.