|Imagine flying up to 800 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, then the boat stops! You slowly drift downward and just when you are about to get dunked, WHOOOSH, the boat takes off and you go soaring back up!
RIDE THE WIND under our parasail and you'll never again be happy just being a landlubber. Grin to the thrill and the beauty of soaring hundreds of feet above the Gulf of Mexico. The colorful parasail sparkles overhead while you enjoy a birds eye view in a peaceful and serene world. The ride is breathtaking and thoroughly enjoyable. The parasail is very stable so you will enjoy the ride without having to steer. And landings are always safe and gentle.
Take off & land on the deck of our specially designed winchboat for a safe ride!
The Chute 'Em Up is a "winchboat". A winchboat employs what is literally "state of the art" technology. During the parasail process you will not have to run on the beach to take off. You will not be lifted from another boat or platform. Consequently, it is unlikely that you will ever see a winchboat parasail boat on "America's Funniest ( most painful ) Home Videos". With winchboat technology you can even fly up to 3 persons at a time. This is great for flying mom, dad, and kid together.
When it is your turn to parasail, your crewman will assist you to the flight deck where you will be attached with a very strong and safe harness. You may gaze upward and see the already inflated "chute" overhead. You will be directed to simply sit down and relax. Then the fun begins. The Captain will accellerate the boat and as he does he will reel out your towline from a hydraulic winch ( hence the name "winchboat" ). Suddenly you'll feel like gravity, not unlike you, went on vacation, as you begin to be drawn skyward due to the accelleration of the boat and the lengthening line. As you go higher and higher, your surroundings begin to get quieter and quieter as well as smaller and smaller. After you are fully aloft, a "freefall" may be initiated by the Captain. In free fall the Captain will STOP the boat, you will slowly descend to earth for as much as a minute, depending on your weight and altitude. As you approach the surface of the water, the Captain will re-accellerate, pulling you skyward again. Many people have said that their freefall was the most thrilling part of the ride. After about 10 minutes aloft you will feel a slight tug on the line as the Captain re-engages the winch to pull you back down to sea level. If you want him to, the Captain will "dip" you a bit as he prepares to bring you back to the flight deck. The dipping is done with complete control. The Captain can dip just your feet into the Gulf or up to your waist. It's a fun way to wind up your flight. A few seconds later you will find that the landing on the flight deck is every bit as soft and easy as your liftoff was. You will climb down off the flightdeck with an overwhelming desire to do it again!