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Old 07-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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Tubing destroying towers

My neighbor at the lake just got a early 2000s Maristar. This last weekend he was pulling tubers from the tower. We were having beers that night and I was telling him how that isn't a goos idea and it could cause the tower to fail. We got to poking around the Internet and couldn't find any pictures of failure directly attributed to tubing.

I know they are out there, but dang If I can find them. Does anyone have any shots of damage from this or know where to find them?
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:05 AM
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One could guess that given the higher-than-wakeboard speeds, increased drag, and the possibility of more than one tube with more than one passenger per tube, stresses on a wakeboard tower would be greater. However, I've never heard of tubing destroying a tower and I'm inclined to believe it doesn't happen. Having said that, I've never understood the logic behind pulling from the tower. The majority of the action that makes tubing fun is from the whipping action that can be applied from having the tube attached to the very back part of the boat (tow bar). Tethering it at the center of pull (pylon or tower) would defeat a lot of the purpose IMHO.
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:19 AM
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I drag tubes from my tower and have been for 10 years. No issues for me. Cheaper towers could be a problem.


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Old 07-20-2013, 12:36 PM
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Heard lots of warnings never to do it, never heard of an actual problem.

I'd think the issue is the amount of drag that can be created if the tube submarines - far more than a wakeboarder or skiier could generate. You could probably swamp the boat pulling from the tower if the tube submarines and you choose to turn while still under power.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:47 PM
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Heard lots of warnings never to do it, never heard of an actual problem.

I'd think the issue is the amount of drag that can be created if the tube submarines - far more than a wakeboarder or skiier could generate. You could probably swamp the boat pulling from the tower if the tube submarines and you choose to turn while still under power.
The tube submarines are the best reason I have hear yet. I have a flat tube and when one person falls off and one still on, it is hard to NOT sub the tube. When it does, the boat pulls straight and the rudder input is overcome. You have no steering at all for a second. I am usually going so slow I just stop the boat for a second. I can not imagine that load on a tower. If you only pull the old school tubes that carry one rider and never sub, I think you would be fine with even two tubes, but I have no experience it that.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:48 PM
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So...given the prevalence of towers, and the prevalence of tubes, and the absence of reported tube damage to towers...it sounds like a theoretical problem rather than an actual problem.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:54 PM
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So...given the prevalence of towers, and the prevalence of tubes, and the absence of reported tube damage to towers...it sounds like a theoretical problem rather than an actual problem.
I think I'm agreeing with you; add this to the questions of flying saucers, lake monsters, ghosts, and bigfoot.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:58 PM
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So...given the prevalence of towers, and the prevalence of tubes, and the absence of reported tube damage to towers...it sounds like a theoretical problem rather than an actual problem.
Someone forward the question to myth busters

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Old 07-20-2013, 02:34 PM
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Adam could ride the tube.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:48 PM
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let me stress James and Adam on a two person tube
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