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Sodar
05-07-2006, 02:57 PM
I am leaving on a houseboat trip in about a month and I was curious if any special modifications needed to be done to my MC before I towed it behind the houseboat.

T Scott
05-07-2006, 03:10 PM
I have taken a Barefoot 200 as well as a 1992 Prostar 190 along on houseboat trips and towed them each from the front hook with absolutely no problems. I always worried about the rope breaking before the boat breaking !! Use a strong rope, you don't want to lose your precious cargo !!

Sodar
05-07-2006, 03:12 PM
Yeah, i have no problem with the rope, I am taking a 3/4" tow bridle to tow with... should be enough! Thanks for the response!

lsupcar
05-07-2006, 09:07 PM
The rope will stretch and absorb more of the shock load, putting less strain on the hardware. Have fun. Bill Z

88 PS190
05-07-2006, 09:25 PM
check to see if there are issues w/ your trans free spinning.

Some transmissions need to have the prop secured, so that you don't have the trans turning without coolant.

G-man
05-07-2006, 09:31 PM
Be super careful if your towing an open bow, you wouldn't be the first to sink a boat in tow. Tow slow and work on getting the boat to tow in a straight line. Give plenty of time for stopping but I bet you figured that out last time. Watch out for other boats throwing a huge wake right into your boat. Don't forget to turn your bilge pump to the auto setting just in case. Good luck.

Sodar
05-07-2006, 09:56 PM
check to see if there are issues w/ your trans free spinning.

Some transmissions need to have the prop secured, so that you don't have the trans turning without coolant.

Thats a good point! Our big boat needs to have the shaft locked if we need to hobble in on one motor. I wonder if the manual would say anything about this...

Diesel
05-08-2006, 10:14 AM
Be sure and remove the swim platform and wrap it in a blanket before towing in the water. :D :D

east tx skier
05-08-2006, 10:37 AM
Be sure and remove the swim platform and wrap it in a blanket before towing in the water. :D :D

LOL!!! :uglyhamme

sizzler
05-08-2006, 10:41 AM
doug...you dont appear on active user list.......is this because as a "moderator" you are in stealth mode :cool:

when u coming to london????

you have my mobile no#???



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Sodar
05-08-2006, 10:48 AM
Be sure and remove the swim platform and wrap it in a blanket before towing in the water. :D :D

Oh yeah, good thinking. Maybe I should tow with my towable cover too!!

Diesel
05-08-2006, 10:52 AM
Oh yeah, good thinking. Maybe I should tow with my towable cover too!!

Heavens no................you might blemish the gel coat :eek:

sizzler
05-08-2006, 10:52 AM
and trailer board..........dont forget the brake coupler when you reverse :cool:

Ric
05-08-2006, 11:15 AM
what the hell, throw a good wax job on her before the tow as well!

Ric
05-08-2006, 11:16 AM
I am leaving on a houseboat trip in about a month and I was curious if any special modifications needed to be done to my MC before I towed it behind the houseboat.

The reason why I ask is because my dad had to have a heavy duty tow bracket fabricated and installed on our old 31 footer before we towed it behind the big boat. Granted the 31' weighed 10,000lbs and we would tow it at 30 knots.

So here is my question, do I need to have a tow bracket fabricated for my MC, like this one?
how fast is 30knots? we towed my 190 behind a houseboat but it was a rental HB that had a pissant outboard that you were not getting in a hurry with

Sodar
05-08-2006, 11:31 AM
how fast is 30knots? we towed my 190 behind a houseboat but it was a rental HB that had a pissant outboard that you were not getting in a hurry with

30 knots is about 35mph... we did not do that with a houseboat, but with our ocean boat. The houseboats here are dogs too, with a top speed of about 7mph.

rodltg2
05-08-2006, 11:53 AM
make sure you turn the steering wheel all the way to the right as well :D

Sodar
05-08-2006, 01:16 PM
make sure you turn the steering wheel all the way to the right as well :D

We had some guy out at the river in a new Maristar 280 that was tied up to the dock at the local bar and could not figure out why the back end of his boat was 5 feet off the dock and the bow was 3 feet over the dock. I kindly informed him that his wheel was hard over and the current was pulling the boat away!

AirJunky
05-08-2006, 01:36 PM
The one time we towed a PS190 behind a houseboat on Havasu, we tied off the steering wheel so the rudder was straight.