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stiles_s posted 07-31-2006 02:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for stiles_s   Send Email to stiles_s  
I'm very close to pulling the trigger on a 170 Montauk. Part of its duty will be to pull tubers/skiers/boarders, though it'll be a small percentage of its life.

Based on forum searches, I've found swivl-eze pylons, which look nice. Unfortunately, or confusingly, it looks like the 170s don't have any plywood in the floor, making it tough to attach the pylon base securely.

Can anybody comment on:
- if they have a pylon installed, how did they secure the base, and do they feel it's secure enough for tubing?
- anybody want to warn me away from this entirely? I have a bad feeling about putting some screws into "foam" and hoping they'll hold. I'm a strong skier, so the pylon is going to be under some load.

Thanks much,

highanddry posted 07-31-2006 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
You cannot tow tubes with a pylon, read and study on that before you decide. You will have to use the stern eyes for tubes.
stiles_s posted 07-31-2006 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for stiles_s  Send Email to stiles_s     
Yep, I've heard that, though I did a hell of a lot of it as a kid (with a 3-point pylon on a cheap fiberform boat) without issue.

For the purposes of this thread, ignore the part about tubing and focus on securely mounting a pylon for skiing.


bigjohn1 posted 07-31-2006 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
The 170 is anything but a professional ski boat but you already realize that. Since pulling skiers will be such a small part of your boat's useage, why not just go with a simple V-bridle attached to the stern eyes. Sometimes we overlook the obvious and I can't see why that will not work sufficiently. I used them for years both in being pulled and in pulling other people and they work quite nicely.
stiles_s posted 07-31-2006 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for stiles_s  Send Email to stiles_s     
^^ nice dose of reality -- thanks. I think you're right, a pulleyed-bridle will work just fine for the recreational stuff we're going to be doing. I may ski once and realize I'm too old for this nonsense :)
dvanaken posted 07-31-2006 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for dvanaken  Send Email to dvanaken     
I went through this last year - we pull our kids with our M170 on ski and tube. I decided against the pylon based on the concerns about the support in the deck. Instead, I invested in a nice harness for the transom lifting eyes/ I got the kind with the pulley deal in it - evens out the pull on the boat and is superior to the basic three-point model in my opinion. We were using it today, actually! It's not as nice as being able to fasten the tow line up high (causes splash and drag, esp. for those tubing), but works fine otherwise. Hope this helps - Dale

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