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eeemmmnnn posted 09-16-2010 01:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for eeemmmnnn   Send Email to eeemmmnnn  
There are no eyes or cleats on the transom of my 235 Conquest. Is it possible to pull kids on an tube behind me? Where and how would I rig the tow rope? Thanks.
ConB posted 09-16-2010 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
On Whaler's 235 Conquest web site I think I can see an eye on the port side just out board of the engine. Isn't there one just to the starboard.

Do you trailer the boat? What do you use to tie the stearn down?

What does the owners manual say?


MidcoastMike posted 09-17-2010 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for MidcoastMike  Send Email to MidcoastMike     
I find it odd that there are no stern eyes on your boat. In any case, the hooks on my tow rope harness were too thick to fit the stern eyes on my 21 Conquest. So I wrapped the rope around the bottom of the motorwell rail and attached the hook back to the tow rope itself.

The motorwell rail is very solid (attached at 6 different points to the hull), and this setup worked well with our kids tubing.

Here you can see the stern eye with trailer strap attached, and the motorwell rail above it:

eeemmmnnn posted 09-17-2010 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for eeemmmnnn  Send Email to eeemmmnnn     
Actually, looking at pictures of my boat it looks like there are stern eyes on the transom just to the outboard side of the motor. Sorry about [the incorrect assertion that there are no stern eyes on a 235 CONQUEST]. [Horrendously long URI deleted. These long URIs spoil the line wrap. If you make a link the line wrap is fixed automatically.--jimh]
jollyrog305 posted 09-17-2010 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jollyrog305    
Those would be them. Problem with the Conquest models IMO is that the stern lifting eyes are placed too close to the motor(s) so the angle of the tow bridle might rub against the motors when turning. Another option may be to make a custom and longer tow bridle and attach them through the hawse pipes to the stern cleats, but I am not sure if that type of continuous pressure would be good for the cleats. Good looking rig though.
Kencvit posted 09-17-2010 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit I bought an XL earlier this summer but haven`t yet installed it. With the season over here for tubers and skiing I`ll put it on when I take out the boat in the fall. I have a 190 NANTUCKET [with] 150 Yamaha. The components of the unit are impressive and heavy duty stainless steel. It was shipped to me from Miami but the company is in the Netherlands. Peter from Turboswing has been excellent to deal with.
jimh posted 09-18-2010 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It is good to know that there are stern eyes on the transom of a Boston Whaler 235 CONQUEST. In the past Boston Whaler has made some boats which lacked stern eyes on the transom, so it would not be beyond belief to find that stern eyes were omitted on a particular model or year.
jimh posted 09-18-2010 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It would be beyond belief that Boston Whaler made a boat with both no stern eyes and no stern cleats. That is quite unlikely.
Kencvit posted 09-20-2010 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Jimh, eeemmmm corrected his post 3 posts above your the sarcasm is late.
csj posted 09-23-2010 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for csj  Send Email to csj     
Folks, I'm sure this may be abit over the top, but I was concerned about pulling 13 to 15 yr olds wake boarding, tubing and skiing on my recently purchased 99 23' conquest with a hardtop. So I located a gentleman who has been in the business of building wake board towers etc. He replaced the lower horizontal tube with a larger diameter tube at the rear of the hardtop and put a loop in the middle with a gimbal (?). Over top yes but my kids wake board and I needed the elevation. Looks almost original, and works fantastic. 600.00 bucks but worth it. Don't blast me to hard. !!
David Pendleton posted 09-24-2010 02:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
csj - I've got a picture for you:

Be sure to post yours...

csj posted 09-26-2010 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for csj  Send Email to csj     
Dave, I appreciate your concern. I'm prepared to make it better if that happens. Can you tell us what caused that problem.
David Pendleton posted 09-26-2010 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I was running a 2-3' chop with my Zodiac (~85lbs) lashed to the top.

It cost me nearly $5K and an entire season to make things right.

There are known problems with the 23 CONQUEST hardtop designs, I know this first-hand from talking to the folks that build them for Whaler.

Mine has since been repaired and significantly reinforced.

I would be very careful towing a wakeboarder from a modified frame.

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