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  • pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

    Just wanted to get your thoughts on pulling a tube or skier on a bass boat. I have a 17' bass boat w/ a 120 on the back. If it will work, what do you normally tie the rope too and some precautions i should take?

    Thanks.


  • #2
    Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

    Yes it will work, tie the rope to one of the back "O" bolts on the back of the transom ....... precautions. ... be carefull? ......
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    • #3
      Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

      what are some of the things to be careful of or issues that could arrise using a bassboat rather than a typical ski pulling boat.

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      • #4
        Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

        invest in you a tow strap it connects to both sides of the boat on the hooks instead of just one side and helps keep the rope out of the motor. other than that you got a good size engine to pull with I use a Johnson 115hp and it does the trick with no problem. Only thing you need to look out for is other boaters your boat is fine

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        • #5
          Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

          Thanks Mitchell6!

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          • #6
            Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

            You should have no problem other than gaining the experience of towing a tube if you have not done it before. Use a harness as suggested earlier, I use a towrope that is rated for 4 people. Not too fast and make certain that you have a spotter on board and pre agreed hand signals so you can communicate with the tube rider(s) I think most tubes come with some hand signal guidelines but you can fine tune them to your individual requirements.
            Good luck, enjoy and when are you getting some ski's ??
            sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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            • #7
              Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

              not sure when the ski's will be purchased. will most likely try the tube out first. may even think about a wake board if that will work.

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              • #8
                Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                Everything is a lot of fun behind a boat as long as you dont expect to get it right the first time. We have as much fun falling off as we do being successful.
                Enjoy !!!
                sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                  as long as the water is not too cold ....
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                  • #10
                    Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                    You should put out a nice flat wake w/ your bassboat which should be great for skiing. We used to ski behind a 17' tri-hull w/ a 65 and then a 85 hp so you are fine there. I'm sure others have stories of skiing behind much smaller engines than that even. You might feel a big guy pulling the stern a bit if he's pulling hard to the side, but shouldn't be a big deal.

                    The search term for iBoats, ********, etc. seems to be "Tow Harness" for the transom strap for the ski rope. Here's a pic of one from ******** that has a nice 'quick connect' setup similar to some of the tube attachments. It also looks like it has a built in pulley so the that it moves along the cable as the the skier goes from side-to-side. No idea how well its made though.

                    [IMG]http://www.********.com/assets/images/products/large/10420L.jpg[/IMG]

                    Have fun.

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                    • #11
                      Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                      Originally posted by kenmyfam View Post
                      Everything is a lot of fun behind a boat as long as you dont expect to get it right the first time. We have as much fun falling off as we do being successful.
                      Enjoy !!!
                      Oh, not always. My dad and brother and I went out fishing for bonito off Santa Barbara, CA when I was about 16. Just for grins, we threw the skis in the boat. When we were done fishing, I decided I'd ski back to the marina in the Santa Barbara harbor. We were only a few miles out of the harbor anyhow, and the ocean was nice and glassy.

                      So, over the side I went, and up I went on a pair of skis. Things were going great and we were heading back to the marina.

                      Oh, wait...what's that over there? Big fins sorta running parallel with the boat? It was a pod of killer whales, just cruising along, pacing us, more or less, although we were about to overtake them.

                      I'd been clowning around, like I usually did on two skis, doing giant walking steps and other silly things. After I saw the killer whales, though, I eased back to the middle between the wakes and just held on...skiing straight and even.

                      Oh, no...I didn't want to fall that day.

                      Sure...go ahead and laugh at my old aluminum boat. It's paid for!

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                      • #12
                        Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                        hey guys,
                        ive been looking for a thread on towing a tube,
                        ive got a 14ft glasspar with a 1990 merc 40.
                        with 3 of us on it its goes 20mph according to my gps.
                        is that fast enough to pull one of the 3 in a medium sized lake?
                        thanks in advance
                        baz

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                        • #13
                          Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                          ya you can pull a tube with that but you want be running 20 mph with a tube behind you it will be dragging around back there and you will be lucky to get 10 mph but I have skied in my younger years behind a 40 hp motor so it can be done

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                          • #14
                            Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                            As long as you can get the boat "planing' with the extra drag then you should be O.K. May have to play around with the trim a little and the weight distribution in the boat.
                            sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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                              Re: pulling tube/skier w/ bass boat

                              Originally posted by ky_boater View Post
                              Just wanted to get your thoughts on pulling a tube or skier on a bass boat. I have a 17' bass boat w/ a 120 on the back. If it will work, what do you normally tie the rope too and some precautions i should take?

                              Thanks.
                              1. Don't drink and drive.
                              2. Don't injure/kill your tuber by whipping him or her into a dock, boat, tree, etc... it can happen.
                              3. Expect the unexpected.
                              4. Please respect others on the waterway by driving in a straight and predictable pattern near other watercraft. Tubing can really wreck the water for those wishing calm conditions too... so, give others a break, eh?
                              5. Learn to ski and barefoot, then sell the tube to a nube![sic]

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