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diveorfish posted 02-25-2010 06:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for diveorfish   Send Email to diveorfish  
Contender's "TurboSwing" find at the Miami boat show is a miracle to behold!

"The best thing I found in the show was this invention called a TurboSwing Tow Bar for skiing. ( The bar is made of stainless steel as well as all of its components. The bar mounts on the outside of your boat, on the side of your engine. The tow bar is about 8-inches away from your engine cowling at all times and will not and can not hit it. For mounting you remove the top two bolts (engine mounting bolts) to attach it (so no new holes in your boat). The tow bar has a large pulley that the rope attaches to to give you full movement from one side of the boat to the other. You also can have more than one skier/tuber at the same time. Once in place the bar can be removed and stored so nothing is in the way when not in use. Anyone who skis/tubes needs to look at this, this beats any type of ski tow bar I have seen to date. I've been trying to figure out how to get a ski pylon mechanism on my boat for years. This promises to be the ski pylon Holy Grail for fishing type boats with outboards, even twins."

I thought this deserved its own thread just in case anyone missed Contender’s Miami Boat Show thread. This contraption is well worth checking out. Thank you Contender, I never knew such a thing existed.

David Jenkins posted 02-25-2010 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Does anyone have enough experience with this product to say whether a Suzuki 140 on a 19' Outrage would be okay with the TurboSwing XL (60-140 hp) or whether it would be better to spend a bit more for the XXL (150-250 hp)? I noticed in one of the photos that a 135 hp engine was outfitted with the XXL.
Kencvit posted 02-25-2010 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
I have been in contact with TurboWwing after I had saw contender's Miami show thread. I also emailed contender and he indicated it looked to be a well made product
Peter at turboswing advised me to get the XXL for my Nantucket/ 190 Outrage with 150 Yamaha.He also mentioned they were doing well at the boat show so that may be a testament to the quality of the product
I am close to placing the order....its expensive

David Jenkins, email the address at the website and they will advise sizing.

onlyawhaler posted 03-03-2010 01:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
I am really interested in this Turboswing. Seems like a great answer for alot of us that pull tubes or wakeboarders and struggle with the outboard being in the way.

First person that springs for one of these, please post your opinion on fit and finish and how it works


cgodfrey posted 03-03-2010 05:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for cgodfrey  Send Email to cgodfrey     
I like the idea of a tow bar that utilizes the strength of the outboard's transom mounting, rather than hardware mounted directly to the deck or hull. I don't know if this is the first product to take advantage of that strength.

I'm not an engineer or a waterskier, but I'm skeptical of the claims on the website's English homepage. It seems like the traveling tow bridle (I think that's a vaguely correct term) might actually require MORE corrective steering for the boat's pilot than a fixed axial mounting point. How a traveling mounting point offers the skier more stability and control also baffles me.

For me to consider purchasing this product, I'd like some kind of scientific evidence that product is as effective as it is attractive- not just a couple of European skier dudes, who are likely owners or employees (presumably, the video is not in English) extolling the virtues of the product


number9 posted 03-03-2010 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for number9  Send Email to number9     
If it doesn't work as advertised and doesn't fall off it's more effective as it is attractive.
Ridge Runner posted 03-03-2010 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I'm in – I’m ordering the XXL for my 170 Montauk with the E-TEC 115HO. I was going to mount a Swivl-Eze ski pylon (anyone want to buy it?). Just the fact I don't need to mount the ski pylon base in the cockpit of the Montauk makes this attractive. Plus it looks like it makes a great “bumper guard” for when I "may" back my outboard into the dock :).
Ridge Runner posted 03-03-2010 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
On the top of the installation guide is a max tow rating for each model:

maximum tow load
XM 30 - 60 HP 400 lbs
XL 50 - 150 HP 600 lbs
XXL 100 - 250 HP 500 lbs
GIANT 100 - 250 HP 500 lbs
XL-Twin 100 - 250 HP 500 lbs
GIANT-Twin 100 - 250 HP 500 lbs

Interesting that the XL is rated for 100lbs more... I also wonder how tow load is rated... I some of thier pictures ther show a tube with 6 adults. That has to be well over the rated tow load.

fishgutz posted 03-03-2010 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Water skiing is out. Wakeboarding is in. Not enough added height for wakeboarding. Plus it sure is ugly.
Yeah, it's OK. Not that exciting to me. Doesn't say if it is easily removed like a ski pylon.
fishgutz posted 03-03-2010 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Whoa, kind of expensive. $500 boat show special compared to $300 for the Swivel-eze pylon.
fishgutz posted 03-03-2010 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Whoa, kind of expensive. $500 boat show special compared to $300 for the Swivel-eze pylon.
onlyawhaler posted 03-03-2010 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
I just went and looked at the Swivel Easy Pylon and I don't think it will fit on my 1999 Outrage 20 with that splash well with the attached railing around it. Plus I would have to reinforce the 3 points so it wouldn't pull out and it says right there on EasyZs site, don't pull tubes.

Seems like for a couple of hundred more, this Turbo Swing solves alot of towing problems. It also looks like with a few bolts removed, it comes off pretty easily.

Anxious to hear of somebodys experience with this


onlyawhaler posted 03-03-2010 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Hey Ridge Runner,

When ordering your Turbo Swing, did you find a US vendor? All I can see is for contact info from their website is in the Netherlands


Ridge Runner posted 03-03-2010 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I email a question and some pictures of my boat/motor combo to I got a nice reply and I was told the XL model would be the correct one for my boat. I did a trace route on the email address that answered my questions and it was from Europe. I think they have set-up a internet ordering site and route any orders to a distributor or agent here in the US. It seems they have been around for a couple of years there are some threads on some other sites that date back to early 2008 with the comments the Turboswing was in Motorboating as a new product.
Ridge Runner posted 03-03-2010 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Also it seems this is the third year for them at the Miami boat. When you order you have to check the box for this "interesting" agreement. The agreement is some kind of payment and liability statement. The header of the agreement is:
"General delivery and payment conditions of Koninklijke Metaalunie (the Dutch organisation for small and medium-sized enterprises in the metal industry), referred to as ‘the METAALUNIE CONDITIONS’, formerly referred to as ‘the SMECOMA CONDITIONS’,filed with the Court Registry in Rotterdam on 1 January 2008.
Published by Koninklijke Metaalunie, PO Box 2600, 3430 GA Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.
©Koninklijke Metaalunie"

Payment was with paypal and I used American Express as my funding source (for sercurity reasons). The XL was $499.00 delivered. I will keep you posted on how long delivery takes and if it shipped from the US or was sent from the Netherlands.

Considering this is a small shop, not like Attwood Marine's maker of the Swivl-Eze Ski Pylon (A Brunswick Company), it's made in the Europe (not China), shipped to the US and the US dollar is about 37% worth less then the Euro (If the dollar was stronger and equal to the euro this would have only cost $315) I thought it wasn't a bad deal and worth a shot.

onlyawhaler posted 03-03-2010 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Thanks for the info Ridge Runner. Let me know what you think.

I need a different soulution as I am using my 20 outrage at Lake Powell in southern Utah for pulling tubes and I dont' want to use the rear cleats and the lifting rings on the transom are way too low. A three legged ski pylon won't work for me with the set up I have and this product looks like it solves a big problem


onlyawhaler posted 03-04-2010 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Hey Ridge Runner

Did you see by chance on the price list offered a "heavy duty" version of what you purchased vs a regular version. I got that impression off their website that there might be two types


Ridge Runner posted 03-04-2010 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
The commercial stuff is custom made and priced on request.
Kencvit posted 03-04-2010 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Here`s the reply I got from Peter when I asked about the heavy duty version.
I will likely buy one but may wait a few months, my season doesn`t start until July.

"Sorry Ken, it is ALL Heavy Duty now: 33.4mm tube / used to be 30mm and thinner will. You can pull 3 adults.
The HD refers to the tow bar AND mounts
What web page did you see this?? Should have been updated …

Hope this answer your questions. See the press release: this is what you get.
Look forward to seeing your order


Hi Ken,

Sorry, just too busy on the show….

Yes, we will ship to Canada, freight prepaid: just order on the US website.

With best regards,"

Peter Leeuwenburgh

Phone: int+ 31.418.581.038
Mobile: int+ 31.651.879.248

fishgutz posted 03-05-2010 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
OK, this thing is ugly and expensive, but it is growing on me. In a Dauntless 14, floor space is limited. This thing raises the rope some and doesn't take up any room in the boat. I'd like to see one on my boat or at least held up in it's position to see if it interferes with my ladder. Maybe it will add a hand hold.

I noticed in the installation instructions that it IS removable.

Ridge Runner posted 03-19-2010 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I just recieved my "TurboSwing" looks easy to install. It took about three weeks from order date to delevery. It was shipped via FEDEX.
onlyawhaler posted 03-19-2010 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Good for you. I am excited to see how it looks on your boat and how well you think it works. Keep us posted


fishgutz posted 03-20-2010 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Nix that idea. The thing will be in the way of me coming up my swim ladder. I'll bet most Whalers under 19 feet will have the same problem.
onlyawhaler posted 04-21-2010 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Hey Ridgerunner,

Just checking to see if you got your Turboswing installed and how its working out


Ridge Runner posted 04-22-2010 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Mounted it, but the water here in NJ is a bit cold still so nobody has jump in to try it yet. I will keep you posted.
Rem1319 posted 11-08-2010 05:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rem1319  Send Email to Rem1319     
At seasons end what was your impression?
Could it work on a 15 with a jackplate??
Waterwonderland posted 11-08-2010 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waterwonderland  Send Email to Waterwonderland     
I really like the design but I am not sure how it would look on my BW. However you can use it only when you want since all you have to do is remove two carabiners and it is gone. The test will be how well it actually works towing tubers etc.

If you go to their website you can download the user and assembly instructions to get a better understanding of how it works.

Pretty steep price - not sure if it would pass the wife test:)

Rem1319 posted 05-09-2011 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rem1319  Send Email to Rem1319     
Follow up - Turbo Swing Impressions???
Thinking of getting one for tubing.
onlyawhaler posted 05-10-2011 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Here is a video of a turboswing on a Whaler-looking boat being installed and then used to tow a tour boat.

Looks durable.


pcrussell50 posted 05-10-2011 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for pcrussell50  Send Email to pcrussell50

You're welcome. :)


towboater posted 05-10-2011 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
First and foremost thing I would consider is your engine heat. I dont see any way you can deal with that setup without needing to support yourself with a hand on or very near the engine at times. Notice how careful they are not to touch it.

The little pelican hook towline release lanyard gizmo seems kinda frivolous...looks to me like a disclaimer to avoid engine heat but they promo it as a handy dandy quick release. A quick release has its place, but, not very often. What does it take to reconnect?

Some motors run cool. My Yamaha 70 is cool enough to work around and touch after a workout, but my Merc 200 gets pretty warm. Might not be an issue, for sure needs checked out.

Nice simple and ingenious setup. I like it just for a crashbar.
Neverless, the guys in the promo are amateurs. Nice new life jackets, spotless boat...sigh.
Charging up to the stranded boat near WOT throwing a huge wake, jamming into reverse and then working in that wake is hilarous, Keystone Cops.
Towposts rule.
Be sure to compare both costs.

runpasthefence posted 05-13-2011 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I just received a quote from TurboSwing. I didn't realize this thread is over a year old. I expected something near Ridge Runner's price, but I received a quote of $650 shipped to the east coast for the XL model.

That's a lot of coin for a bent piece of steel.

I thought this would be a good solution for a classic 15' (not mine, my father's). I've mounted a traditional sky pylon in a 15' before. It worked well, but mounting hardware had to be fabricated, and the center mounting point was a nuisance.

Oh well.

onlyawhaler posted 05-13-2011 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
I just got a quote as well for a XXL and shipping. Here it is

TurboSwing XXL $ 739

Freight $ 60

It comes with a single pulley. Each additional pully (pulling two tubes is an additional $40.

Not cheap, I would really like to get one, but its basically an $850 option to pull two tubers with an XXL version

Checked other sources or outlets like Cabelas , Ebay, no known alternate source for these at this time

Thinking about it


russellbailey posted 06-29-2011 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
I just bought a Twin XXL to use on my 1984 Outrage 25 with twin Optimax 150s. I decided to go with this rather than trying an arch or ski pylon - cost is between that of a pylon and an arch (closer to an arch given this is a twin motor model). We often pull 2, and sometimes 3, given that we pull learning kids frequently and often have an adult back there to coach some - that is not doable from a pylon. Peter at Turboswing told me that pulling 4 adults on skis/wakeboard/kneedboard was no problem for the unit, and that it could also pull up to a 3 person inflatable (though we don't own any inflatables and might not add one).

Now that I have a previous motor problem worked out and we are doing more watersports, I've found the twin engines on jackplates are really a pain using the tow eyes - any substantial cutting puts the rope onto the motors even with a bridle, and I have to sheath the part near the jackplate to avoid cutting it on the corner. Also, without load tension on a bridle, it tends to get sucked towards the transom between the motors - not good. Acceleration is phenomenal however with the twin Rev4 props grabbing the water.

It may arrive Friday, and if not will come in early next week, via freight since the Twin XXL is pretty big (about 7' across). I'll post again after using it. I've got it along with 3 pulleys coming.

I bought it through Lifeline Inflatables in Miami FL. They seem to keep many in stock, and are near Turboswing's US warehouse. Jeff there was very helpful in finding the right one and getting it promptly shipped.

onlyawhaler posted 06-30-2011 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Thanks and very interested to see how it works out for you.


Jorgen posted 06-30-2011 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jorgen  Send Email to Jorgen     
The problem with turbo swing is the fact that the line toughes the water wile wakeboarding and skiing.

If this is your sport, go for a high tower or high ski pilon, this also gives more lift and makes it much easier, believe me.

andrey320 posted 06-30-2011 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for andrey320  Send Email to andrey320     
What is your opinion on using a poling platform as a tow point for water sports?
onlyawhaler posted 07-01-2011 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Here is a video of a turbo swing doing various things. Rope dragging doesn't seem to be an issue.

Some Whalers due to the construction of the stern don't lend themselves to pylon or tripods being attached.

I question if a poling platform would withstand the stress of pulling a wakeboarder or tuber unless designed for that and attached and reinforced for the stress that pulling would create



russellbailey posted 07-10-2011 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
So, yesterday my 4-year old son and 7-year old daughter spent the afternoon on the lake with our 1984 Outrage 25. That morning I had installed the Turboswing Twin XXL, which was the size suggested for my twin 150 Optimax engines.

This morning, my daughter volunteers that it sure was easier to cut her kneeboard outside the wake with the new tow bar. She had no idea that the rope would get caught in the wake earlier, or anything else about what the bar was supposed to do, but she very much noticed the difference it made on her ride - that says a lot to me.

The bar was shipped on a pallet from Miami. It has quality stainless steel casting brackets on each side that the bar drops into. All the parts seem Whaler quality or better.

I ran into a dilemna in installation. Because I have 25" motors on a 20" transom, I not only have jackplates, but the motors are also mounted on the next to highest hole. And, you need to mount the brackets with two bolts on each side, separated by one open hole. I could have used the current mounting bolt as the bottom bolt, and put a new top bolt in; but I chose not to, as the top bolt is the most highly stressed and I was concerned about the stress it would put on the motor bracket alone. So, I mounted it using the current mounting bolt as the upper, skipped the lowest mounting hole in the motor bracket, and drilled a new 0.5" hole in the bracket below that (and through the jackplate). On some motors there may not be a need to drill the motor bracket in that case (I think on my 1987 Evinrude 70 would not have required drilling a similar hole).

Once installed, I tested trimming the motors with the tow bar at the lowest angle, and found it just barely touched the propellers, and did not touch the lower unit at all. However, you can adjust the angle of the two bar - the higher the angle, the higher the pull position on the bar, but if you go too high it will touch the motors. I trimmed mine up until I had about 2" clearance on the motor cowling with the motors trimmed all the way down and through the full angles they would turn. In that position, the tow position is about the same height as the top of the motor cowling - roughly similar to a ski pylon. In that position, there is no need for it to pivot at all as I raise the motors to a full trim position.

My son rides a kneeboard that is attached to the boat, and thus has a very low rope angle. Even with the sizable wake from the boat at transitional planing speeds and the low position of the attachment to the board, the rope always stayed clear of the water. As my daughter cut back and forth, you could see the pulley move across the bar.

As someone who has largely only skied from the rear tow eyes previously, it is a nice height - I suspect the feel will be similar to a ski pylon. As someone else has noted, it is no waketower - far from it as it is much lower than a waketower. But it is easy to install, unobtrusive, and even serves as a bit of a crash bar.

onlyawhaler posted 07-10-2011 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Thanks for the feedback from a Whaler owner. I think I will be getting one of these


Kencvit posted 07-14-2011 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
I finally have my XXL Turboswing installed on my 190 Nantucket/Outrage with 150 Yamaha..and its GREAT.Test run was last night...its everything its advertised to be in my opinion.

I was out tubing with 3 12year olds and it worked very well. The line is high, well out of the water.As well its much easier for me to handle the line at the back of the boat and control where they go in and out of the wake. Wakeboarding with my 12 year old niece is the next test next week.

At the time I bought it (over 1 1/2 years ago) Peter mistakingly sent me a XL instead of the XXL . He quickly sent out the XXL. I still have the XL which would work well on a 60-115 hp outboard I believe.

Now that mine is on and I can attest to its quality and performance, I will advertise and try to sell the XL. It belongs to Peter and I have to confirm pricing with him.
He and I agreed at the time that I would hold onto it as return shipping is $100 plus and maybe I could find someone locally to buy it. I`m in Kenora, Ontario Canada. Shipping to Minnesota which we border on here to the south might be reasonable.

I have no financial interest in this and will forward the payment to Peter or he could be paid directly.
He has given me excellent customer service.

Thanks again to Contender for starting the topic on Turboswing at the Miami Boat Show. I was at the show that year but missed the display.

I will post pictures in the next few days.

eeemmmnnn posted 07-15-2011 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for eeemmmnnn  Send Email to eeemmmnnn     
Hey Kencvit,

I'm eyeing one of these up for my 235 Conquest. Was wondering - did you install the Turboswing yourself? or had it installed for you? How easy or difficult was that process?


Kencvit posted 07-15-2011 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Its not hard to install. 4 bolts. The top 2 use your existing motor mount bolts and you need to drill the 2 lower ones. I did this from the engine side of the boat and drilled through the lowest hole on the engine bracket.
I filled the holes with Starbrite marine clear sealant and around the washers to ensure a watertight seal.
There are tutorials on the website.
russellbailey posted 07-26-2011 06:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
As I spend more time using this I am more and more pleased with it. Yesterday we spent the day on the lake with my 3 nephews, niece and own 2 kids, as well as the parents (a full boat but plenty spaceous). Since our boat has twins the Turboswing is about 8 ft wide at the back. To better partition the space, I wrapped some rope around the Turboswing about 1' in from each back edge - leaving about 6' open in the middle. I have one pulley on each side, and one in the middle.

With kids on each outer pulley, the 6' space between them keeps them safely separated when pulling (the higher area of the center wake tends to keep them out of the middle). We pulled two kids for hours yesterday, plus some adult time on the middle position.

I'm not certain that I would put a really heavy load on the outer positions, as the load is not evenly distributed with the pulley blocked to one side. However for the kids on kneeboards I'm certain it is fine.

I've also found I can enter the rear of the boat (motors off) by essentially doing a press on the rear quarter box area and the Turboswing, then stepping on the cutout transom. That can be handy for a quick, no ladder re-entry for adults.

Kencvit posted 07-26-2011 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
russelbailey, you didn`t get the rubber stopper`s that can move along the bar to control how far around the pulley goes?
russellbailey posted 07-27-2011 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Mine came with 4 black plastic clamps - they are very similar to the gasoline hose clamps that are used on my Evinrude 70 hp outboard, only a larger diameter.

I tried using them, and they were ok, but tended to come loose. I think that type of clamp is really intended to grip something flexible, where it can dig in some and compress it. Even using pliers to compress it on the stainless steel tubing, I've had mixed success with it. The first time one loosened/slid, I had about 5' of 1/4" rope that I wrapped tightly and finished with a clove hitch, and that has worked better.

Did you get a different type of stopper?

I wakeboarded behind it yesterday for the first time (first time ever wakeboarding). The heavy (for a Whaler) Outrage 25 with twins at about 5000 lbs total makes a very nice wake for the wakeboard. I suspect that at my age of 41 it may be the last new watersport I learn.

Ridge Runner posted 07-28-2011 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I really like my Turboswing also. I have had it for two seasons now. It's mounted on my Montauk 170 with E-Tec 115HO.. Both of my kids... 20 and 16 years old love to ski behind it.. It works well allowing them to both ski at the same time.
88Outrage18 posted 08-23-2011 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for 88Outrage18    
I'm another satisfied customer. We were having trouble with tubes submarining last year and found info on the TurboSwing right here on this forum. We ordered one this spring and have been using it all summer. We've pulled tubes, wakeboarders and kneeboarders. It's much better than using the tow eyes and not having to install anything inside the boat (we have a rear bench seat) made the price, while high, acceptable to us. Here are the details:

'88 Outrage 18 w/'88 Johnson 150
TurboSwing XXL with 2 pulleys and shipping to CT = $ 743.60
Customs (paid to FedEx): $27.63


onlyawhaler posted 09-07-2011 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
I finally ordered a XXL Turboswing and it came yesterday and I was working into the evening installing things.

First observations

The brackets that hold the turbo swing bar are very heavy duty stainless and polished. Nice piece of work. The inch and 1/2 tow bar was thicker walled than I would have guessed. The roller/ clip part for attaching a tow or ski tube is a beautiful piece of casting. I got an extra one for $45

I ran into a guessing game on installing because I had previously moved up my engine a hole and had to lower it again to the original position to get the hole spacing Turbo Swing asked for when drilling the second hole on each side. They specifically want a hole spacing between the upper and lower bolts. The lower hole you drill and use their transom bolts which are supplied. Their transom bolts they supplied were better quality than my OEM transome bolts. Every bit of hardware that came with the unit appeared to be first rate.

My major concern was spacing between the tow bar and my kicker motor and expecially the swim platform on the port side. It was close on the swim platform on my 99 Outrage OR, but I have about an inch. The kickier motor on the bracket on the starboard side is easily in the clear in the up travel position or down.

It looked huge last night on the back of the boat. I can't say it is an asthetic add, but it comes off with two pins pulled and that is a big plus. We are headed to Lake Powell in a few weeks for the last outing of the year and pulling tubes and skiing will finally be a better option.

I will post some pictures after the trip. So far, looks like a postive move


onlyawhaler posted 10-17-2011 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
We had the Turbo swing on our 20 Outrage down at Powell and it was a big success.

I purchased two attach points on the bar and we pulled tubes, skied and it worked flawlessly.

Hardware appears robust and solid. I like the vertical adjustment of about 8 inches. It holds itself up by tightening down the bolts on the friction pads so that when trailing I can push the bar up further up so it doesn't rub against the tilted outboard while traveling.

It clears the kicker motor on starboard and boarding ladder on port and acts as an additional handhold whild boarding.

A few pics

This is a rear shot showing clearance¤t=2011FamilyandLakePowell087-1.jpg

This is a shot showing it has an additional handhold while boarding¤t=2011FamilyandLakePowell078.jpg

Best of all, remove two clips and its off! It solves all those outboard tow issues


contender posted 10-17-2011 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Glad you are please, When I saw it I knew it was constructed very well and thought out the same, I figured it could be very beneficial to someone on this site.
csaltz1 posted 06-20-2015 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for csaltz1  Send Email to csaltz1     
This has been a great addition for our 1989 17 Montauk with original Johnson 90 hp. It was really the only tow point we could add, but it has the benefit of superstrength for inflatables and not using cockpit space. It also serves as a crash guard for the engine.

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