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Old 08-02-2018, 10:28 PM
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Kids want to tube behind the boat. Got a harness for the back to go between the stern eyes but it will hit the swim ladder on one side and don’t want to damage it. Anybody tube from one stern eye only? As a kid I remember skiing from one side but never tubed.

Also how ro attach the loop end rope rope to the eye, just pass it through itself? The tube doesn’t have a “quick connect” so I will have to find a way to attach it at one end or the other. I have seen airhead makes a loop with quick connect on it so I will probably have to get one.

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Old 08-03-2018, 03:24 AM
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Yes. You can run it from one of the eyes. The kids will get outside the wake easier.

What I did was get a 15’ of floating yellow rope and attach to the 2 rear cleats. And put the tow rope loop through that. Works great.

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I just use a shackel to attach the tow rope to one of stern eye's opposite the swim platform, no issues. Going to a cleat may bind because of all the pressure on the line while towing.
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Having one of these booster ball tow rope makes all the difference in the world when you are towing from the transom eyes...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/4K-BOOSTE...-Rope/11018911
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Having one of these booster ball tow rope makes all the difference in the world when you are towing from the transom eyes...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/4K-BOOSTE...-Rope/11018911

agree with this -- especially for OP's boat which looks like the tow eyes still pretty low to the waterline. my boat's tow eyes are also low to the waterline and the booster ball helps keep the tubes from submarining.
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Just get - or make - a longer bridle that will clear the swim platform.
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I was considering a TurboSwing for my boat, but decided on a skitow bar. I like that they can be removed when not in use. Not cheap, but another option.

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you can tow a tube no problem off one eye.

I tow tubes and adults wakeboarding off a rear cleat. But that depends on how well your boat was put together.
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
Just get - or make - a longer bridle that will clear the swim platform.

My thinking is that when the tube swings out to the opposite side it will put pressure on the ladder no matter how long it is. Does that make sense? The ladder is through bolted but still worried it may get tourqued by the tow line.
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:08 AM
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My thinking is that when the tube swings out to the opposite side it will put pressure on the ladder no matter how long it is. Does that make sense? The ladder is through bolted but still worried it may get tourqued by the tow line.

Just some kids? Or big bertha? couple kids on a tube wont hurt that swim ladder. If it does I wouldnt be confident letting my drunk friends use it to climb up in the boat.
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:25 AM
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Why not just lower the ladder enough so that the tow harness clears it (with some room to spare). You can tie it off to the grab bar. With low-mounted eyes, you need to have the kids lean back on the tube when first starting out so it doesn't nose dive. Your boat will handle noticeably better if you use a proper bridle and both eyes.
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Originally Posted by Blurryace View Post
I was considering a TurboSwing for my boat, but decided on a skitow bar. I like that they can be removed when not in use. Not cheap, but another option.

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I like that TurboSwing option. Very cool.

As for the OP's question...
The amount of pressure on the rope is not going to tear up the swim ladder. My dad used to tow us with one eye, even on skis. We thought we were high class when he bought the specialty rope with the float so that he could use both eyes.

When towing with one eye, the tube will naturally want to stay outside the wake on one side.
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the cleats do not look too strong, i'd question how strong the stern eyes are. can you see how they are assembled through a compartment?
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I never had a problem pulling my kids tubing, skiing or wakeboarding.... and always tied to only one stern eye.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
the cleats do not look too strong, i'd question how strong the stern eyes are. can you see how they are assembled through a compartment?
The eyes are through bolted with a plate on the outside of the transom and inside. The plates aren’t huge by any means.

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Do not use the cleats! They can pull out an become a trajectory to the riders.
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I use a hook and you will be fine attached to one eye. The Turbo Swing would be worth your while if they decide that they want to ski or wakeboard. You may have an aluminum fab shop make you a removable Ski/Tow bar though for the same price as a Turbo Swing.
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Your two best options are: lower the ladder to horizontal and see if the harness clears or tow from the starboard eye only.
Anyone who says a tube won't put much pressure on the ladder has little experience with them. The first time it submarines at speed, the load on the line will be well over 1,000 lbs, and that ladder isn't made for 500 lbs even used correctly - besides it will most likely just chew up the tow line.
If the eye is through-bolted with a backing plate it should hold at least 50% of the weight of the hull, which is far more than the load it will see towing.
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Do not use the cleats! They can pull out an become a trajectory to the riders.
i don’t know what boats you are used to?

my current and last couple boats cleats were through bolted and had massive backing plates. One pulled a dock up in a storm instead of pulling loose
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:37 AM
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Default ubular Tips for Towing Tubers Behind Your Boat

Yes, yes. Injuries can happen while tubing. Usually, it’s nothing to really worry about, especially when everyone involved in the tubing day is properly instructed and wearing the proper safety gear—which we’ll get to in a few.
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