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Old Jul 11, 2011, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by JuanF View Post
High-start Parachutes:
Is there a minimum and maximum size for parachutes used on high-starts?

I have two parachutes and they are the following dimensions:
10" diameter with 3 7/8" lines at the top of the chute and 19 7/8" suspension lines.
11" diameter with 2" lines at the top of the chute and 16" suspension lines.

I am putting together a high-start using a 100' under 3 meters rubber tubing from Hobby Lobby and will be using Cajun brand 50 lb test fishing line.
Hi Juan,

I recently acquired a chute that is 14" diameter opened, with 3 3/4" opening at the top and the panels are just under 7" long, with top strings of just under 2" and bottom strings of 12". This is stamped FAI F3J World Championships 2006.

However, I wonder why you are choosing monofilament line?...I do believe that this stretches. The high-start that I have uses a kite string of about 50+ lbs breaking strain and is a colored braid. I could be wrong with the breaking stength of this string, but it could be as much as 80 Lbs. and it is VERY light. If you have ever had monofilament run through your fingers you would choose an alternative.....cuts very deep, to the bone even....

Just my suggestion and information.
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