The Parafish is unsurpassed worldwide. The result of years of research and development. It combines innovative Kiwi hydro-engineering with the best materials on the market.


Designed for:

The fishing industry, tough and cost effective. 

Specific uses

  • Long lining and gill nets
  • Drift fishing
  • Pole fishing and trawler fishing
  • Life saving and riding out storms
  • Cost and time saving 

Size range

33 ParaFish sizes available, ranging from 2.5 metre in diameter up too the large 60 metre diameter model.

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Coppins Para Sea Anchors can be supplied fully equipped, thoroughly tested and ready for use. Additionally, we carry a full range of accessories for use with para anchors and drogues. We are happy to review your existing para sea anchor and rigging, and make recommendations on how you can get the most out of your Coppins Para Sea Anchor or drogue.

We have designed shapes that none of our competitors can replicate making our para sea anchors much more efficient in relation to drag for size and weight. The understanding of hydrodynamics made a more effective sea anchor. It also made it cost efficient, reducing the total weight, more user-friendly and eliminated pressure points to make an overall stronger product.

It was not just a case of holding volumes of water to create drag, it was the shaping of the para sea anchor to direct water movement creating pressure in front and eddies on the back side of the sea anchor. Much like an airplane wing creates maximum lift, the ParaFish sea anchor creates maximum drag.

Summary of Coppins Parafish benefits


  • Holding station
  • Reducing drift
  • Saving valuable time
  • Saving fuel costs
  • Reducing crew fatigue
  • Reducing wear and tear on gear
  • Reducing roll and pitch
  • Creating better working conditions
  • Resting up overnight
  • Lifesaving in storm conditions
  • Breakdowns and repair
  • Drift fishing
  • Transfer of crew or gear

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Engineering / Innovation Notes: 

 The ParaFish Para Sea Anchor has the Coppins unique adjustable throat, located at the center of the canopy. It works as a valve and self-adjusts to the weather conditions. The throat opens and closes in response to changing pressure, allowing the ParaFish to function efficiently in a range of conditions. In calmer conditions water flow through the throat is restricted, but as conditions worsen the throat automatically enlarges, allowing more water to escape. It can be set to control drift but if used in storm conditions and if the loading goes beyond safe working loads it can be opened. The adjustable throat reduces strain on both boat and sea anchor. It will also smooth out wave fluctuations and allows the ParaFish to be used in a wide range of weather conditions.


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Summary of ParaFish Components and Uses

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» Components:

» High Tenacity Rip Stop Nylon

This high tenacity ripstop fabric is specially designed for the Coppins ParaFish™ Sea Anchor and is the strongest nylon developed to date for sea anchor applications. All panels are cut in a specific way to maximise the strength of the finished sea anchor. This multiplies their strength, yet allows the ParaFish to stretch and move in the direction of the forces in extreme conditions. This makes the ParaFish stronger than other anchors sea anchor on the market.

» Recovery Float

Made in four sizes from an extra heavy duty PVC outer skin with double bladder, so if one bladder deflates the other will stay afloat. Very important in setting or recovering a sea anchor, helps to keep the trip line free of the main rode, reducing chances of fouling or tangling, identifies its location beneath the sea, and prevents the para anchor dropping too deep in light conditions.

» Rode

Made from braided nylon which doesn't want to unlay like other three strand rope. The nylon has more give than other types of rope, reducing the strain on both boat and sea anchor acting as a natural spring. All rode kits come set up ready to use with stainless steel thimbles spliced in.

» Trip Line

Used to collapse and retrieve the sea anchor. Made from floating polypropylene rope, allowing the line to float on the surface between the float and vessel, ensuring the line does not sink, foul or tangle with anchor shrouds or rode.

» Drop Line

A line attached to center or throat of the sea anchor and runs up the float. It is a very important part of the set-up, especially in larger anchors, as it controls the working depth of the sea anchor. 

» Uses:

» Pole Fishing/ Trawler Fishing

Any crew that wishes to hold station overnight creating comfort, and get a good night's rest can use the ParaFish Sea Anchor. The para anchor can save time getting back to the fishing grounds in the morning.

» Drift Fishing

The ParaFish Sea Anchor reduces drift and keeps the boat pointed into the wind, allowing the lines to be set as they should, reducing pitching and rolling. Altering the adjustable throat, a feature unique to the ParaFish, will control drift.

» Longlining/ Gill Nets

The ParaFish Sea Anchor is used to hold station while the long lines and gill nets are catching fish. The sea anchor stabilises the boat, reducing pitching and rolling, allowing the crew to rest up or carry on with their job on board with more comfort. The sea anchor also saves having to motor back to the long lines or gill net thus saving precious time, fuel, running costs and general wear and tear.

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