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Old 08-02-2011, 09:39 AM
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So I've always used my boat for fishing but my son is getting a little older I'd like to take him and his buddies tubing on some lakes and protected bays on the ocean. Since I've never done this any advice on towing someone? Also, a dumb question, but I'll just attach the tow rope to the tie down eyes on the stern? Thanks in advance.
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What kind of boat?
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Make sure you buy or make a bridle from one of the tie down eye to the other around the motor then attach the tubing rope to that. this gives the tuber a full range of motion.
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Originally Posted by StriperHerring View Post
So I've always used my boat for fishing but my son is getting a little older I'd like to take him and his buddies tubing on some lakes and protected bays on the ocean. Since I've never done this any advice on towing someone? Also, a dumb question, but I'll just attach the tow rope to the tie down eyes on the stern? Thanks in advance.
Agree on some hand signals: ok, speed up, slow down so the person you are towing can communicate to you.

You can use an eye off the stern, but I much prefer to use a bridle....keeps the rope centered behind the boat.

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[QUOTE=onemilehigh;3928173]Agree on some hand signals: ok, speed up, slow down so the person you are towing can communicate to you.


And whatever you agree upon, you do the opposite. Way more fun that way.
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If you're completely new at towing a skier, tube, etc. make sure you watch out for the "whip" effect. If you are going 20 mph into a turn your tuber is going maybe 35-40. Have fun & be safe. If it's a crowded area try and have a spotter w/ you.
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All good stuff so far. Bridle attached to stern eyes, communication signals (I use thumbs up or down for speed, ok, and cutthroat for let's stop).

Be very careful not to let the rope slack after the whip or you could really jerk something loose or off.
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Maybe it's just me but no-go if I don't have a dedicated spotter.
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Take it slow to start and contrary to popular opinion ... it is supposed to be fun for the rider too, not just the folks in the boat watching.

Used to pull the kids and they were gluttons for punishment, so remember there is a fine line between fun and unsafe. Sure I crossed the line a time or two, fortunately no injuries.
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Most places will require you to have a spotter. I would highly recommend it regardless. Only not followed this advice in an empty lake, when I was 21 and we both were very comfortable with what we were doing. Also, they can help mind your line. No quicker way to wreck a Saturday than wrapping a tube rope around a prop (been there, done that on a friends rig.....).

On busy days, be ready to turn quickly and agressively to cover people in the water. We ran on a relatively narrow lake and on busy days had people lacking attention and following too close, which caused a tense moment. (We solved this problem by not towing on days when it was like this.) Also make sure those you are towing know to raise their hands up to attract attention to themselves. (Common practice is make a big '0' with your hands/arm to signal you are okay).


Also, watch out for the rope going slack. When you pull it out and you can 'snap' it tight which makes for an unpleasant experience for the tuber. This can happen during take-off or turning. (The odds of this will happen depending on how agressive you want to drive).

Other than that, be safe and be smart. Engine off, life jackets ect. Also watch your tube ropes for fraying.

Have fun. it can be a good time.
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Originally Posted by kone View Post
Maybe it's just me but no-go if I don't have a dedicated spotter.
it's state law here.
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Some states require a spotter, but I think all require at least a rear view mirror if you don't have a spotter. Check your laws. Make sure your bridle material floats or if not (cable type) makes sure it has a float to keep it out of prop.
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Originally Posted by Regulator29 View Post
there is a fine line between fun and unsafe.
The last time I let my older brother drive the boat while I was skiing
he pulled me through a mooring field at about 30mph. I could touch
some of the boats I was so close. As soon as it was safe(r) I let go.
He knew I was going to kick his ass so he wouldn't pick me up and I just
swam the 200 yards back to shore. Once we met up, he got what he had
coming. Unfortunatly, it wasn't the last time I was compelled to pound him senseless.
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Pretty much everything covered here:
-Check state law... most require a 12 year old or older spotter in the boat, in addition to the vessel operator.
-Check state law... most require all tube riders to wear PFDs.
-Keep in mind if the boat is going 25 mph and you make a hard turn, you will probably be swinging your tubers 50 mph, not to mention they would be going sideways.
-Use a TOW ROPE, not a ski tow rope with handle... a rope designed for tubing and the amount of tubers.
-Get a good bridle and use it.

Start slow and have a blast.
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Originally Posted by SpeedDemon View Post
Some states require a spotter, but I think all require at least a rear view mirror if you don't have a spotter. Check your laws. Make sure your bridle material floats or if not (cable type) makes sure it has a float to keep it out of prop.
I am sure many have done this, but I'll add just in case. Use noodles to make your bridal float, cheap and effective.

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Originally Posted by CJS View Post
The last time I let my older brother drive the boat while I was skiing
he pulled me through a mooring field at about 30mph. I could touch
some of the boats I was so close. As soon as it was safe(r) I let go.
He knew I was going to kick his ass so he wouldn't pick me up and I just
swam the 200 yards back to shore. Once we met up, he got what he had
coming. Unfortunatly, it wasn't the last time I was compelled to pound him senseless.
LMAO ... sounds very familiar to some of the skiing days with my brother, but we would try to swamp the tenders left at the mooring with our rooster tails. Guessing if one was to do that these days you would have a different set of consequences to deal with as we did back in the day.
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More good stuff and yes a spotter or at least a mirror is required here.

Last year was the first time my daughter let me go more than about 5kts with her. She was having a blast just being slowly pulled through the water and every time I would try to speed up just a little would give me a thumbs down. She was having fun and I must have put 20 hours at that speed.
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Originally Posted by PP1 View Post
More good stuff and yes a spotter or at least a mirror is required here.

Last year was the first time my daughter let me go more than about 5kts with her. She was having a blast just being slowly pulled through the water and every time I would try to speed up just a little would give me a thumbs down. She was having fun and I must have put 20 hours at that speed.
Sounds like our first tubing adventure last month. I'd try and ease up the throttle ever so lightly but she give the frown and finger down. My wife sat with her for the first few rounds, then they put me in the tube and I requested.."put the hammer down" and needless to say I didn't last too long. My daughter's response..."See Daddy, I just want to enjoy the ride and scenery, not go swimming and fall off like you." She's 4 but knows how to put me in my spot.
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Pfd is a must
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Towing bridle:
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...1&merchID=4006

Tow rope:
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...6&merchID=4006

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