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Bill Davis posted 08-03-2003 10:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I have a couple of questions about using my 2000 Sport 13 to pull somebody on a tube.

First, is it cool to tie the tow rope to the transom-mounted hardware where the tiedowns are attached [sorry I can't think of the name of this item]? I don't want the rope to get caught in the motor or prop. Last time I pulled a tube, I just tied up to the side rail and kept an eye on the angle of the rope as we were ripping around.

Second, I think the law around here requires that I have a mirror on my boat. Has anyone found a good mirror, as for skiing, that can be easily mounted on a newer Sport 13?


jaccoserv posted 08-03-2003 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
I DEFINITELY wouldn't pull a tube tied to your siderails, or any rails for that matter... The best setup would be to get a waterski-type harness that attaches to you ski/tow eyes on the transom.
nolester posted 08-03-2003 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for nolester  Send Email to nolester     
Are the eyes for the tie-down straps, on the transom, the "tow eyes"? My son said I need a skiing type set up with a rope that attaches to each of these "eyes" and joins aft of the motor. What's to keep this out of the motor? I guess just tension and then floating....

Dick posted 08-03-2003 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Wellington makes some very good tow harnesses the #1110 is the most popular and sells for under $15.00.

Check your local regulations as to towing a person. Most places I am aware of require an observer with a skier down flag. Relying on a mirror is a dangerous practice.


Bill Davis posted 08-04-2003 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
thanks Dick!
That is exactly what I needed.
Bill Davis posted 08-04-2003 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Bigshot posted 08-04-2003 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I think EVERY state requires a spotter when skiing. Some require an orange flag. I rarely had a spotter growing up but we do stupid things as kids. Use the towing eyes and get a harness. Do NOT get a cable harness because if you DO catch it with the prop, it will eat your prop. I never had good luck with a harness being all the grass on Barnegat bay and CONSTANTLY hvaing to back it off. I instead just clipped the line to the port side eye and when backing off grass I reversed to the starboard. The ski rope floats, the wire cable harness does not float too well.
raygun posted 08-05-2003 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for raygun  Send Email to raygun     
According to the USCG, Bigshot is correct. Not all states require a skier down flag though.. Here's the straight poop
Plotman posted 08-05-2003 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
Not all states require a spotter. Every state requires EITHER a spotter OR a wide field mirror. Some give you the choice, some do not.

My home state of minnesota allows just a mirror. Obviously, a spotter is better.

russellbailey posted 08-05-2003 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Georgia is either a mirror or a spotter. I have never seen anyone with a skier down flag in the states where I have boated (MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, TN).

If we had to use a spotter all the time, I'd ski a small fraction of what I do. Being 33 and having done this since I was about 8, I'm confident you can ski safely with just a driver as long as you pick where you ski and use decent judgement (much of that was with no mirror either). On a small boat like our 15' Striper, it is extremely evident when a skier drops just by how the boat responds (i.e., you can really feel the skier pulling the boat around). Now, on a tube the tube is still there, so that would not help for tubing. I do like having a spotter since having a person in the front helps the weight transfer in pulling a skier up and also it does make it more relaxed for the driver.

Bill, check out Overton's for a mirror if you want one. They have several that mount on a pole-type extension and I think one of those would work well on a 13. I imagine Bart's would also have similar mirrors.

Bill Davis posted 08-07-2003 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Thanks guys. Now that I know what one is, I am getting a tow harness made for pulling the weight of a tube and more than one rider.

And I pasted this following sentence off a Florida official site:

No person shall tow a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar device without an observer aboard or wide-angle rear view mirror.

So, living in Florida, I'll look for a mirror I can add to a side rail, I guess.

Thanks for all your help.


Bill Davis posted 08-07-2003 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
For the second time I am trying to put a hotlink in a post to link you to the catalogue of Wellington tow harnesses. I think I will get the Magnum, made for towing the full weight of the kids.

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