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What to pull my kids with (tow rope attachment) 21 Jun 2009 04:53 #1

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Im not sure how much diffrent the rear of my boat is than most others?? I figure since it is an L-drive it must be somewhat different.. So from what you see here what would be the best and economical way to set up a tow point????


I was going to build a tower but now I dont believe I am, then I was thinking a tri pod pole in the back of the boat but now im thinking simple off the ski deck???



Oh my 14 yr old son is 6'1" and 245 lbs so im thinking the tow point might need to have a backing plate ????????????

Also it is a 1991 17' capri L-drive 90hp



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What to pull my kids with (tow rope attachment) 21 Jun 2009 05:54 #2

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a1machinista1;312658 wrote: Oh my 14 yr old son is 6'1" and 245 lbs so im thinking the tow point might need to have a backing plate ????????????

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I think you need a bigger boat! :kidding

What about the center cleat in the pic?

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What to pull my kids with (tow rope attachment) 21 Jun 2009 11:09 #3

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With all the cleats and tow rope attachment points on the back of your boat you should give one of these a try:

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It has a quick connect for easy tow rope attachment (tube or kneeboard handle) and the center section has a float (black thing in bottom pic) on it to keep it on top of the water and out of your prop.

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We bought a new one this year to replace the one that came with the boat for pulling a tube or kneeboard.

I bought ours online when I ordered parts to switch out the drive bellows. It was right around 15 bux for the one without a centering roller and a bit more for the one with a roller. Looks like target has them available online for $15 no matter which one you want (roller or non-roller).
http://www.target.com/Airhead-Heavy-Duty-Tow-Harness/dp/B000FE9C2I/sr=1-2/qid=1245583051/ref=sr_1_2/181-8054279-5624311?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=0&rh=k%3Aairhead%20tow%20harness&page=1

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What to pull my kids with (tow rope attachment) 21 Jun 2009 12:45 #4

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Remove the upper cleat in the middle and replace it with a Ski Tow ring. Install a backing plate and you will be good to go.

This would be the best solution as the tow ring is as high as possible and you already have the holes drilled. The higher the mounting point the better off you are to keep the rope out of the water when tubing. If the attach point is too low, the rope will drag in the water.

Have fun with the kids and ALWAYS make sure you have a 2nd person int he boat with you as a spotter. Also, make sure that the spotter and tubers know all of the important hand signals - go, stop, faster, slower zigzag, OK and that the spotter knows how important it is to follw the direction of the tuber.

Pulling the kids is one of the best things that I have enjoyed - they really love it, but everyone needs to be on board for the safety aspect of things or you may end up with a ruined day.

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What to pull my kids with (tow rope attachment) 21 Jun 2009 16:14 #5

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Is there something wrong with just using the center cleat? That's what I use on my boat, (I'm not 6'1", but I'm still 225lb :p )

IMHO those tow rope roller design things, (as pictured above), are just a PITA. I thought they were only required for boats with outboard engines, since the engine would block the "center" point. With an I/O, you have the luxury of that center tow point, and you don't need the extra stuff.

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What to pull my kids with (tow rope attachment) 21 Jun 2009 19:21 #6

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My thought was that the cleat would not be a good point to tow from as it is only fastened by two screws.. I kind of like the multi cleat idea...

I just dont want to end up pulling a cleat... Does anyone have a picture of a tow ring if I remove the center cleat????

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