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HOME THE HISTORY OF PARASAILING GLOSSARY OF TERMS FOR PARASAILING CONSUMER SAFETY GUIDELINES CONTACT US 1960ís 1970's 1980-1984 1985 1986-1987 1988-1989 1990-1994 1995-1999 A STUNNING Parasail 40 year HISTORY Timeline 1960ís 1970's 1980-1984 1985 1986-1987 1988-1989 1990-1994 1995-1999 About Us  1988 - First (Inline) Double Passenger Harness
In 1988, After the popularity of multiple passenger flights utilizing the Gondola.  Parasail canopy manufacturers modified the riser support straps with an additional set of D-rings to attach two parasailor’s (one in front of the other) While the concept worked, safety soon became an issue from flight deck injuries on landing to numerous fatalities by drowning in emergency waters during high winds and rough sea conditions
About Us  1989 - Modified Tow bar for Tandem Flights
With a serious of injuries and deaths being linked to the double (inline) harness, manufacturers re-introduced a modified tow bar based on McCullohs 1971 and 1974  design.  The new and improved tow bar system allowed operators to connect multiple parasailors wearing a harness passenger support side-by-side similar to the Gondola.  The tow bar aka "Tandem Bar" became popular with operators who wanted to fly multiple parasailors without investing into a larger parasail vessel and paying royalties associated with the patented Gondola.   Both Harness systems are inherently dangerous emergency water landings.  
1973  Winchboat w/ Tow Bar 1971  Tow Bar with Trapeze About Us  1989 -  The New wide-body Skyrider Gondolas
In 1989, Mark McCulloh introduced a new wide-body Skyrider Gondolas that could be customized to carry up to four (4)  parasailors.  The first customized Skyriders were operated to Guam and Cancun, Mexico    
GUAM
90’s Photo of Shaquill O’Neil... and sports agent taken a ride on the Skyrider Gondola at AquaWorld in Cancun, Mexico.
About Us  1989 - The First Emergency Drogue Deflation System for Harness Parasailing
In late 1989, Mark McCulloh designed and tested the first Emergency Drogue Deflation System “EDDS” for operators using the body harness passenger support system.  The EDSS was based on the same principal of a sea anchor wind and sea conditions deteriorate can slow a disabled vessel.  The EDDS allows the para-sailor to manually deploy a mini-parchute device after a towline separation during an emergency water landing in high winds.  When deployed, the EDDS (attached the to riser lines)   interrupts the parasails ability to remain inflated. Based on numerous test flights over several months, It was determined that the EDDS system posed a inherent risk to the parasailor and could lead to a serious accident or catastrophic failure of the main canopy and was abandon.
Conclusions after 87 Test Flights -required intense parasailor training   -creates an duty for parasailors and crew -numerous manual deployment errors  -unpredictable in rough water deployment -increased risk of parasailor entanglement while in the water -premature launch during flight/catastrophic failure of canopy -unreliable results once in the water * Based on the test results, the EDDE project was abandon
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About Us  1989 - First USCG Inspected Parasail Winchboat
In 1989, Mark McCulloh built and delivered the first US Coast Guard Inspected Winchboat using simple stability rules
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