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hughmcmillan posted 06-19-2001 07:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for hughmcmillan   Send Email to hughmcmillan  
Does anyone have any suggestions for a tube for a 13 Sport having a 40 HP 4 cycle Merc?

My son just turned 8 and he weighs 48 lbs. He really would like to try tubing but the prices and sizes are in quite a range.
Any suggestions on inflating/deflating?


noswah posted 06-19-2001 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     

Back about 30 years ago, I used tubes from a semi (1100x22.5) I think. They worked great, just blow them up to what ever size you like, and then tie a ski rope on. Tape the valve stem to the tube and keep it pointed down they can hurt you. A truck stop may even give you and old patched one free. Hope this helps.
Bigshot posted 06-19-2001 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I personally buy the cheapest one out there with a liner. My last ski bisquit lasted a very long time (10yrs?). I just bought a new one ($50+) and it is great.
bigz posted 06-19-2001 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

That's a good question been pondering the same myself. Our daughter will be 10 in August ( 59" and 103 lbs) and I promised this year to have the 13 sport w/ 35 Force set up so we can tow her around days we don't want to use the bigger boat .

I have not checked if someone like "consumer reports" has any information or did any testing, I would guess they change these things so fast as soon as someone wrote a review it would be obsolete.

Can't see spending more than $70 and from what I have pulled up on eBay can find for a decent looking single about in the ballpark. The key is whether they have multi-chambers and a nylon outer cover governs the durability and price I think.

Leaning towards something like this or fact similar.

Inflation/deflation just thinking of using our Selvor bellows foot pump guess you could get one of those Coleman rechargeable 12v air pumps.

Interesting to see if anyone else has some ideas keeping in mind that these are just youngsters! --- Tom

The Whaler Guy posted 06-19-2001 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Whaler Guy    
What a stupid question.
Go consult your local boating supermaket.
"Any suggestions on inflating,deflating"
Please, Get real.
JohnT posted 06-19-2001 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
Wal-Mart has tubes for $45 that have nylon covers and work very well. Buy the tow line($8, IIRC) and harness there as well . Don't try to use a ski rope - get a separate line for towables.

I have found it really handy to have a small electric air compressor to inflate things (including car, bicycle, trailer and other tires in addition to inflatable stuff). Buy a good one to begin with. I've also used an electric leaf blower to quickly inflate a king-size air mattress (be careful not to overinflate!). You can spend as much money as you want to on towables, but a basic two-person tube with a nylon cover is probably all you need along this line.

Have fun.

bigz posted 06-19-2001 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Hi John,

Thanks for the information would have never thought of Wall Mart.

Actually those little 12v sounds like a great idea even for boat fenders. Any recommendations on a brand?


PS we have the 27 WA over in Hampstead NC at present --- don't think that far from you

Bigshot posted 06-19-2001 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I use a 50Ft line on the tube. Any longer and it gets crazy and turning is tough due to lack of steering(the tube slows to much and then jerks). The 50 was the best lenght.
JohnT posted 06-19-2001 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
bigz - My portable air compressor is actually a "Car and Driver" brand (well, that's what it says on it...) It has worked well for four years or so, and shows no signs of quitting. I think it cost about $40 back then. The first one I had was a cheapie - probably <$20 - and failed in less than a year. Hampstead is probably 2 to 2.5 hours by car to Washington (according to Mapquest, it's a 105 mile trip). Not sure how far by boat.

Bigshot - agree on rope length. Keep it 50' or less.

bigz posted 06-19-2001 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Thanks John I'll search around.

Yep about 100 + miles straight up RT 17, a heck of a lot further by water --- your way up the Pamilco River, we went into the mouth last year then up the Pongo (sp), and stayed at Bellhaven one night on the way up from FL last year.

Would have to be less than even 50' rope for us since it will be done mostly on a pretty narrow horse shoe bend river I am thinking, good to know can loose control over 50' though.

Bigshot posted 06-19-2001 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Will not loose control but harder to handle, especially from drivers seat. Tube will track much better on a tighter leash.

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