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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to questions our customers frequently ask. If you have any questions that are not answered here on our site, or you need additional information, please feel free to contact us.

A customer sent these to us a few years ago. Although some snowmobiles have plenty of power to pull a Cloud Hopper we DO NOT recommend pulling a Cloud Hopper over land.

Q. What size boat do I need to pull a Cloud Hopper?
A. Since all boats perform differently due to size, weight, horsepower, engine type, hull configuration, etc. there is no absolute size or horsepower requirement. Typically if a boat can pull up a heavy slalom skier and pull them at slalom speeds it has the acceleration and speed necessary to pull a Cloud Hopper. As a ball park figure we usually suggest a 16' boat with 100 h.p.

Q. How fast do I need to pull a Cloud Hopper?
A. Typical pulling speeds with an average size adult (125-175 lbs.) when the wind is calm is usually mid-teens to lower twenties. Heavier flyers require more speed while lighter flyers can be pulled slower. Another factor is the size of the canopy; smaller canopies must be pulled faster while a larger canopy requires less speed.

Q. Can I pull a Cloud Hopper with my personal watercraft?
A. Many of the latest higher performance PWC's have plenty of power to pull a Cloud Hopper. The one thing they lack is stability due to their light weight and short span. So while they will pull a Cloud Hopper in a straight line in calm wind conditions, care must be exercised in turning or when it starts getting windy to avoid capsizing a PWC. Whether a person would be satisfied with the limitations of pulling a Cloud Hopper with a PWC is a personal judgement. If you have questions regarding your specific PWC please contact us.

Q. Can I take off from water?
A. No parasail is designed to take off from water. If you attempt to take off from water the back edge of the canopy will dig into the water and the Cloud Hopper will come to an abrupt stop. This could damage the Coud Hopper or the flyer. Take offs for individuals should be from dry land. However you do have the option of landing in the water.

Q. Can I take off from my boat?
A. While there are some boats, particularly platform boats, that a Cloud Hopper can take off from the answer is ‘no' to most boats. There are two basic reasons. First most boats lack the room necessary to properly lay a Cloud Hopper out for take off. Second the areodynamics of most boats will cause a Cloud Hopper to be pulled down behind the boat and into the water during an attempted take off. For more creative ways to launch a Cloud Hopper than from the beach please contact us.

Q. Can I install a winch in my boat to pull my Cloud Hopper down for landing?
A. While it is possible to install a winch for Cloud Hopper retrevial in virtually any boat most boats simply do not have the room to land a Cloud Hopper. In addition the cost of winch installation is quite high and typically runs $2,000-$6,000 depending on the type of winch used. Most individuals simply take off from the beach and land in the water or back on the beach .

Q. What size Cloud Hopper should I buy?
A. Cloud Hoppers come in three different canopy sizes; 24', 26' and 28'. At sea level the 24' model is designed for a flyer up to 225 lbs; the 26' model up to 275 lbs. and the 28' up to a maximum flyers weight of 325 pounds. There is minimum of 70 lbs for 24'; of 80 lbs. for the 26' and the 28' model has a minimum flyers weight of 90 lbs.

Q. Is flying a Cloud Hopper difficult?
A. Actually for some people Cloud Hopping can be easier to learn than water skiing or wake boarding. Simply follow the instructions in the Users/Owners manual that comes with each Cloud Hopper and you'll soon be flying your Cloud Hopper. As with most sports or activities the more your practice the better you'll become.

Q. Is flying a Cloud Hopper dangerous?
A. In virtually any physical activity, as in parasailing, there is an element of risk involved. Injuries are usually caused by participant error or negligence, happenstance, or unsafe environmental conditions. To make a Cloud Hopper as safe as possible it must be used according to the instructions in the Users/Owners manual along with mature adult common sense. However each participant must be aware that even by following all the instructions and being very careful the possibility of serious injury or even death remains and each participant must approach Cloud Hopping with that awareness.

Q. Why should I buy a Cloud Hopper instead of another parasail?
A. While there are various makes and brands of parasails being sold throughout the world, none of them compares to a Cloud Hopper in build quality, performance, durability , looks and price. Take a look around the rest of our site to see why Cloud Hoppers are simply THE BEST! Please see Why Buy.