Winchboat Parasailing Mechanics
The exhilaration of being able to fly and having an eagle's view of the
cerulean blue clear seas and white-sand beaches are thrills that many,
both old and young, aspire to experience once in their lifetime. An
activity that would be able to offer you such a breathtaking adventure is
A little bit of history
This is a relatively young sport, discovered in the 1960s by a parachute
instructor, Brian Gaskin, who created a chute, named Waterbird Parakites,
specifically for parasailing. The parachute designed by Gaskin is still
being used by many for this activity.
The person responsible for the development of winchboat parasailing,
however, is Mark McCulloh, who in 1976 patented the first -ever
parasailing winchboat. This vessel utilizes a hydraulic winch being
powered by the engine of the boat. Winchboat parasailing has started to
become the preferred type of parasailing since its commercial launch of
the boat in the 80's.
A glimpse at parasailing
The mechanics of aquatic parasailing is quite simple. By means of the
zooming boat, you will be lifted up into the sky, helped by the parachute
that is fastened to you. The height of your ascent will be determined by
the combination of the following elements: the length of the towline
connecting you to the boat, the wind velocity and the speed of the boat.
Your ascent and landing will be determined by the parasailing method that
your operator provides. If you manually ascended and landed on the beach,
that is called beach parasailing. If you soared up and descended on the
winch of a sea vessel, then you just experienced winchboat parasailing.
However, if you landed and were hoisted up off some sort of a platform on
a beach, then you participated in platform parasailing.
So that you will have an idea of what winchboat parasailing is all about,
here is a blow-by-blow account of the entire ride:
In winchboat parasailing, some operators use a body harness, while others
opt to use a floating chair. Whatever the method is, you or your chair
will be fastened to a parasailing-specific canopy, which in turn is
linked to a hydraulic winch found on the boat.
Your parachute or canopy could either be inflated manually by trained
staff or by riser lines that are attached to a hoisted up mast line.
Once you are securely in position and your canopy is inflated, the driver
will start to accelerate the vessel so that you will start to soar above
After the flight, you will be reeled to the deck for landing by the