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When I was around 20 years old we would take a old parachute and pull it behind a boat on a local lake (Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma). Now, 30 years later I would like to try it (Parasail) again, but the same people with the chute are no longer around. I have forgotten the details, so I was wanting to ask someone what the minimum size and shape of parachute should one need? Plus, how big a boat and motor should one need to easily pull someone up safely? Also, what other kinds of gear, can you think of, that we might need to do this again?

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  • Butch Fritze May 29, 2010

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    When I was around 20 years old we would take a old parachute and pull it behind a boat on a local lake (Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma). Now, 30 years later I would like to try it (Parasail) again, but the same people with the chute are no longer around. I have forgotten the details, so I was wanting to MoreWhen I was around 20 years old we would take a old parachute and pull it behind a boat on a local lake (Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma). Now, 30 years later I would like to try it (Parasail) again, but the same people with the chute are no longer around. I have forgotten the details, so I was wanting to ask someone what the minimum size and shape of parachute should one need? Plus, how big a boat and motor should one need to easily pull someone up safely? Also, what other kinds of gear, can you think of, that we might need to do this again?


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    Hello. Paragliding is an expensive sport. A reliable, basic paraglider can cost $2500 on average. A good open-face helmet--an essential piece of paragliding gear--can range in price from $150 to $250. Another gear staple is a back up parachute. The average price for a back up parachute is $500.

    Regarding the boat. The minimum would be 18-20 feet, with a 90 to 110 I/O motor.

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    May 29, 2010 - Back then we used an old Vietnam era parachute. That is what I was thinking about using now- a parachute, but possibly smaller and less bulky. What do you think the minimum size chute would have to be for a 200 lb. man with the boat and motor you described? Would a regular harness that regularly comes with a chute work? Do you know where I could get one cheap? I do have access to the boat and motor you described. Hey, I'm trying to do this the least expensive way possible within allowable safety limits. Nothing is ever 100% safe. If it was, it wouldn't be fun..
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First of all you need a controllable parachute (any normal sized round one will do - do not use winged ones!) - one that has air vents on the sides. Standard emergency parachutes don't have that and towing them will make them go all over the place - extremely dangerous.
You will need a tow line at least 25 meters long attached to the harness lines and a big boat (at least 100HP). Under no circumstance do not exceed 15 knots and always make sure the tow line is clear.
 What you are trying to do can easily end up in disaster so beware, start slowly and in baby steps.

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  • Azrael SRL May 29, 2010

    Yes, you could try to use a small chute, but you would need to up the speed up to get the same lift and that's lethal levels if something goes south in a hurry.



    Yes , a regular harness will do, but only if you attach the tow line correctly -  to the points in which the emergency one would.
    Get one in your area? No idea, i personally would get one from my para club. You could get one , cheaply, from a surplus shop. 
    As i said, be very careful, a 8 meters drop on water is usually lethal and you could go up even further with a longer tow line.

  • Butch Fritze May 29, 2010

    Have we "talked" before about a TV I was having a problem with?

    Anyhow, what is the smallest (in diameter) chute I can get away with? The one we used a long time ago was way too big. It took 6 guys to hold it up! Now I've seen some that looked like they were 20 feet in diameter or less. I know where I can get a 12 foot in diameter one, but that sounds like it might be too small. What do you think?

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  • Azrael SRL May 29, 2010

    Not with me, at least not with this handle.



    The parachute must be at least 7 meters in diameter if you want a descent speed that will not maim you on impact (a 4 meters one will just make your death a certain thing if you will try it)-  a standard military parachute is 8 meters and it can be easily carried (on top of the safety one and all the other junk) by a single guy, even a small one like me. Of course if it's a very old one, when dropped in water will pick up weight but will still be manageable easily by 2 guys.

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Hello. Paragliding is an expensive sport. A reliable, basic paraglider can cost $2500 on average. A good open-face helmet--an essential piece of paragliding gear--can range in price from $150 to $250. Another gear staple is a back up parachute. The average price for a back up parachute is $500.

Regarding the boat. The minimum would be 18-20 feet, with a 90 to 110 I/O motor.

For other particulars go to this site http://www.ehow.com/how_2217412_get-paragliding-gear-beginners.html Joe

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  • Butch Fritze May 29, 2010

    Back then we used an old Vietnam era parachute. That is what I was thinking about using now- a parachute, but possibly smaller and less bulky. What do you think the minimum size chute would have to be for a 200 lb. man with the boat and motor you described? Would a regular harness that regularly comes with a chute work? Do you know where I could get one cheap? I do have access to the boat and motor you described. Hey, I'm trying to do this the least expensive way possible within allowable safety limits. Nothing is ever 100% safe. If it was, it wouldn't be fun..

    Thanks

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