Parasail Safety Council

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HOME THE HISTORY OF PARASAILING GLOSSARY OF TERMS FOR PARASAILING CONSUMER SAFETY GUIDELINES CONTACT US 1960’s 1970's 1980-1984 1985 1986-1987 1988-1989 1990-1994 1995-1999 A STUNNING Parasail 40 year HISTORY Timeline 1960’s 1970's 1980-1984 1985 1986-1987 1988-1989 1990-1994 1995-1999 About Us  Gondola Print Media Frenzy
By late 80’s, after the first few Skyrider equipped Winchboats were in operation, the print and Television media was non-stop for the next three (3) years.  The new “Winchboat” and “Skyrider” inventions were hot topics.  From 1985 to 1990, there was over 150 Print and TV Media articles/coverage related to these two parasail system.  Listed below are just a few from our archives.    
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About Us  1987 - Winchboat Popularity Soars - The Competition Begins
In 1987, after the previous years of the Para-Nautique’s commercial success.  A number of parasail operators and equipment manufacturers began production of there own version of Winchboats looking to save money.  The first of these “copycats” to emerge was John Palmer, who introduced the “Inflatable Aquatic Vessel” aka (UFO).  The first UFO Parasail boat was sold to Greg and Rich Vanderlaan of Maui Hawaii.  The Vanderlaans soon after became partners with John Palmer and  assisted him with marketing his product.
About Us  1987 - Winchboat Popularity Continues
In 1987, Greg and Rich VanderLaan broke of their partnership with Palmer citing his inflatable was unreliable.  They then created their own Winchboat using Palmers Winch System and Parasail Canopy Launch Technology mounted to a Spencer 28’ fishing/dive boat built in the Florida, Keys. They later named their Winchboat “Premium 28”.  The Premium 28 was a popular alternative to the Nordic Ascender because of its wider beam, simple parasail inflation system and work boat features.  Eventually Premium sold there business, which later closed due for lack of sales.
About Us  1987 - Winchboat Popularity Soars - McCulloh’s Licenses the Winchboat Patent
In 1987, McCulloh granted Commercial Parasail Corporation of America (CPCOA) of Lake Havasu, Arizona an exclusive patent license under his original 1976 Winchboat patent on the Nordic Ascender Winchboat which was priced under 30K.  This allowed McCulloh to continue promoting the Skyrider Gondola and sell his Para-Nautique 30.  The Nordic Winchboat was manufactured by the Nordic boat company in Lake Havasu AZ an was distributed to a world-nationwide market.  Aside from the price tag and size, the Nordic was sold with the body harness style passenger support system while McCulloh’s Para-Nautique 30 was equipped with the new Skyrider. 
The original Spencer 28’ 
The 90’s Premium 28’ 
About Us  1987 - Winchboat Popularity Continues
In 1987, Brian Gasken, original designer of the 16-gore parasail and owner of WaterBird offered introduced his own Winchboat version called "ParaCraft".  The para-craft never gained much success in the USA , yet remains a popular brand in Europe.
The original Para-craft 25’ 
The 90’s Para-craft 28’ 
About Us  1987 - World's First Mega Yacht “Parasail Winchboat”
In 1987, Mark McCulloh partnered with Al Copeland founder of Popeye’s Fried Chicken franchise to build the World’s First Mega Yacht equipped with a customized Skyrider parasail system complete with a waterproof stereo sound system, flood lights for night parasailing and a back rest that folded down hydraulically to look at the stars above.  Many of Al’s celebrities friends enjoyed the parasailing experience.. 
In Memory of Al Copeland February 2, 1944 – March 23, 2008
Al Copeland was  a larger than life  all American Entrepreneur !  I will never forget meeting with Al in new Orleans to discuss building the worlds parasail system on a Mega Yacht.   We spent the first few hours talking about our humble beginnings and soon after he  invited me to join him in Miami on Fisher Island to take a ride is his newest Raceboat.  I did, and it was fast, fun and scary !   Al was a mentor and a good friend.. He will be missed    Mark McCulloh 
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