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Old 02-25-2008, 08:06 PM
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Question Pulling Tubes

Okay, I know that no one likes to admit it, but I am going to take a chance and admit that "occasionally" I pull people on tubes with my MC. Here's the question for those of you willing to admit to it also. Where do you tow from? I feel safest pulling from the pylon, especially when I am pulling (I can't believe that I am admitting to this) 2 or more tubes. Is it safe pulling from the center transom hook or is there a potential for causing damage to the fiberglass? I never pull tubes from my tower! It just seems like too much stress on it. I would prefer to pull them from the transom so people can sit in the rear seat, however, it seems like the rope is so low to the water that it often gets caught in the wake on turns, which causes the tube to slow down and create slack in the tow line and unpredictable tube movements. What is the consensus on this?

P.S. I would never pull a tube and mess up smooth water!
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:08 PM
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Is creating slack in the line a problem or the goal when pulling a tube? To me the driver is entitled to just as much fun as the rider.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:20 PM
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I never pull tubes from the pylon...always from the towing eye on the transom. Better whip from there, as opposed to the pylon, which is at the center of the boat.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:23 PM
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i use the pylon and or the tower!!!
why be ashamed??? i got kids u know!!
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:25 PM
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I never pull tubes from the pylon...always from the towing eye on the transom. Better whip from there, as opposed to the pylon, which is at the center of the boat.
I agree. With the rope on the transom you can have people in the back seat, plus imo you get a better whip. I wouldn't worry about hurting the boat at all.....


Man, I feel like that was a confession!!!
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:26 PM
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Is creating slack in the line a problem or the goal when pulling a tube? To me the driver is entitled to just as much fun as the rider.
What I have found is that when you get too much slack, that the tube will rotate and give a quick jerk to the rider, which often sends them off the tube. Not such a bad thing, unless you have someone on there that doesn't want to get thrown off! This seldom happens when pulling from the pylon.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:31 PM
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For kids the tower works great...it keeps the rope up off the water and prevents them from getting spray in their face, plus the tube planes off quicker with the high pull point. With as much as they weigh there are really no issues, especially considering we barefoot and wakeboard off a tower - that has to put a fair amount of strain on things.

Adults and teenagers I use the rear tow eye just to keep the rope out of the boat and allow more room for passengers.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:32 PM
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The title led me to believe this was a discussion for 4:20
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:06 PM
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Tow eye on transom for us. We call it extreme tubing. The whip (along with the 30 + mph) is a vital part of making the teenagers skip across the water like skipping a rock.
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