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Old 06-23-2013, 07:32 PM
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Getting access to the father in laws bowrider for July 4th weekend. Id like to buy a tube or other couple of items that the kids might enjoy being pulled on behind the boat. What things would you suggest? Tube? Water weenee? (do they still make these? rode one for 3 summers as a kid)

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Tired but not quite dead 12 foot mako? Makes it a "sport!"
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Tube or ski trainer. My kids loved the ski trainer at that age and I've never met a kid who doesn't like a tube.
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Tired but not quite dead 12 foot mako? Makes it a "sport!"
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Tube or ski trainer. My kids loved the ski trainer at that age and I've never met a kid who doesn't like a tube.
What are some specific ones that will hold up to a good repeated beating?
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Got mine at west marine on sale three years ago. It's their brand and still looks new.
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Tube should do the trick.
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Originally Posted by skibum View Post
Tired but not quite dead 12 foot mako? Makes it a "sport!"
That was funny when I first read it, but even funnier when the op asked for a link!

Can you imagine pulling a half dead 12 footer! I think I would reach into the gills and hang on, just hope he doesn't dive!
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Get a tube big enough for more than one kid to ride in.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
That was funny when I first read it, but even funnier when the op asked for a link!
Had the same thought, and then realized the OP may very well be towing small kids behind a boat sometime soon.
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Google - Big Mable

Saw these in Aruba ,
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Lots of fun stuff - just stay safe - outta the channel and away form traffic...they do fall off and the other folks out there ain't always keeping a forward watch.
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Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
Get a tube big enough for more than one kid to ride in.
Yea, do they make a tube that's like 6' across?
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Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
Get a tube big enough for more than one kid to ride in.
Yea who makes a good quality one for 3 or 4 to ride on?
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
Lots of fun stuff - just stay safe - outta the channel and away form traffic...they do fall off and the other folks out there ain't always keeping a forward watch.
Good advice.
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Yea who makes a good quality one for 3 or 4 to ride on?
Google BIG MABLE
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Originally Posted by jzima View Post
Had the same thought, and then realized the OP may very well be towing small kids behind a boat sometime soon.
Good point. Let me offer some better advice:

First, get some very good life jackets, the ones that are rated for water sports like these ones available at Walmart:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stearns-Hy...Youth/20531160

Don't use the orange ones, make sure they are for water sports.

When towing, always have a spotter in the boat. The spotter needs to be a responsible person.

Next, just barely get the boat on a plane, do not hot dog it pulling them at 30-40 MPH or you may hurt someone.

Use proper ropes with a floater behind the boat to keep the rope from getting caught in the prop.

Do not use any metal clips, hooks, or hardware on any of the rope parts.

There.
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http://www.airhead.com/p/turbo-blast-2?pp=24

I have a two-person tube similar to the above. Until they get comfortable being towed, they will probably insist on mom or dad riding with them, so a 2-person is a must. A lot more fun when they ride with a buddy too. Thought about getting two single riders, but was worried about the trauma when they intentionally crash into each other. They can sit, lay, or kneel on it. I've towed this at speeds anywhere from 15 to 35 mph and it is pretty stable.

Get an inflator (with a large nozzle, not a bicycle shrader fitting) that plugs into a cigarette socket too (assuming the boat has one). I leave ours in an mesh bag until we get on location, fill it up in 2 minutes, and then let the air out. Frees up a lot of room. If they want to float at the sandbar, I just fill it again.

I also have a nylon bridle that attaches to the two transom eyes and then provides one attachment point. I also have a tow rope (not a water ski line) - they are usually rated for 2-person, 3-person, etc tubes. Usually these a yellow poly pro line that floats - good visibility and less chance of fouling prop.

Make sure the kids are taught how to fall off so they don't try to hang on for dear life if they slip off. Make sure they are comfortable floating in their life jackets. Hand signals are important: thumbs up for faster, thumbs down for slower, tapping their head for stopping. Also ok sign when they hit the water.
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