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Old 05-26-2013, 10:41 PM
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tow tube from tower?

Purchased large tube for wounded warrior program we participate in, video shows being towed from tower, any opinions or experience?

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Old 05-26-2013, 10:43 PM
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Yes you can tow a tube from the tower.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:53 PM
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Everything I've read says not to pull tubes from the tower. There are warnings on the tower discouraging it as well on my zft-2.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:12 AM
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Everything I've read says not to pull tubes from the tower. There are warnings on the tower discouraging it as well on my zft-2.
The sticker on my tower says nothing about NOT towing tubes.


This question comes up every now and then.

How can a tube put more stress on a tower then a wakeboarder cutting across a wake?

This is the factory MC tower warning label for an 06. If a tube isn't a recreational towable I don't know what is.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:13 AM
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The sticker on my tower says nothing about NOT towing tubes.


This question comes up every now and then.

How can a tube put more stress on a tower then a wakeboarder cutting across a wake?

This is the factory MC tower warning label for an 06. If a tube isn't a recreational towable I don't know what is.
The surface area alone makes the strain on the tower higher. I know our dealer, which is the highest volume dealer in the world, tells their customers not to tube from the tower. I was also told during the factory tour that you shouldn't as well, so I think it's a safe bet that they don't want you towing tubes from the tower.

I have also read that owing from the tower inceases the chances of the tube getting lift off, increasing the potential of serious injury when the rider is dumped from height. Pretty sure we've all seen the videos of this happening as well. All in all, not a good idea, IMO.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:40 AM
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The surface area alone makes the strain on the tower higher. I know our dealer, which is the highest volume dealer in the world, tells their customers not to tube from the tower. I was also told during the factory tour that you shouldn't as well, so I think it's a safe bet that they don't want you towing tubes from the tower.

I have also read that owing from the tower inceases the chances of the tube getting lift off, increasing the potential of serious injury when the rider is dumped from height. Pretty sure we've all seen the videos of this happening as well. All in all, not a good idea, IMO.
Just because you sell boats doesn't make you a design engineer so he's not an authority about towers or towables.

The waring label clearly says what you can and cannot tow from the tower.

I hope towing from the tower gives you more lift because getting air is fun!!

The surface area really doesn't mean all that much. A wakeboard carving across the water has little surface area but creates a tremendous about of drag with very little edge in the water. How could a tube skimming across the water do that?
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:08 PM
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Just because you sell boats doesn't make you a design engineer so he's not an authority about towers or towables.

The waring label clearly says what you can and cannot tow from the tower.

I hope towing from the tower gives you more lift because getting air is fun!!

The surface area really doesn't mean all that much. A wakeboard carving across the water has little surface area but creates a tremendous about of drag with very little edge in the water. How could a tube skimming across the water do that?
Ok, how about I toured the Gere Marie factory too, and they said not to tow tubes from the tower. Think they might be an authority on tower usage?
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:07 PM
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I'll quote NDT owner "you won't break my tower. I wouldn't tow more than 3, assuming you installed it correctly"

I guess it depends on what tower you have and how well you put it in.

I'm pretty confident in mine as it was installed with incredible attention to durability. A cheaper tower with an average skilled install would not be recommended.

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Old 05-26-2013, 11:14 PM
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My local dealer doesn't like the idea of towing tubes from the tower. He did say that an 8 yr old probably won't hurt the tower.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:18 PM
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Not that I would do it or am saying its right, but I've seen a 197 with stock MC tower tow up to six tubes at a time, all with teen age kids on them-----And he isn't just leisure towing---He tears up the lake with those tubes!!
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