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  • Towing Multiperson Tube

    Got a question that I think I know the answer to but I want to double check....

    Just purchase an Airhead Live Wire 3-person tube for the kiddos this coming summer behind my current boat - Chap 19H20 Ski & Fish. Normally I'd tow a single person tube from the ski eye in the back. Would I need to switch to a bridle and connect up to the transom eyes for the new tube? Or would the ski eye in back suffice?

    Anyone else own one and have any pointers? Going to be my wife and my two oldest - 7 & 5 (when its warm enough!!) on board so it's going to be a slow ride.


    **Boat is shrink wrapped so I can't poke my head in the engine compartment to see just how reinforced the ski eye is.

    ***FWIW...I think the bridle is needed...
    2017 Chaparral 19 H2O Ski & Fish w./4.3L 180HP Merc Alpha
    2005 Four Winns 200Le x/5.0L Volvo SX-M (270HP - FI) - ordered new, traded in on Chaparral
    1999 Bayliner Capri 1800LS w/2000 Honda 115HP - ordered new, traded in on Four Winns
    1956 MFG 15' w/matching Evinrude Big Twin 30HP - presumed to be a sandbox somewhere


    Tow Vehicle:
    2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4x4

  • #2
    I'd plan on the bridle . . .
    Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

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    • #3
      Thanks Ted - I was leaning heavily that way.
      2017 Chaparral 19 H2O Ski & Fish w./4.3L 180HP Merc Alpha
      2005 Four Winns 200Le x/5.0L Volvo SX-M (270HP - FI) - ordered new, traded in on Chaparral
      1999 Bayliner Capri 1800LS w/2000 Honda 115HP - ordered new, traded in on Four Winns
      1956 MFG 15' w/matching Evinrude Big Twin 30HP - presumed to be a sandbox somewhere


      Tow Vehicle:
      2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4x4

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      • #4
        I've towed four kids on a big tube by the ski ring no issue.

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        • #5
          Wait until they grow up before you worry. I've tugged three dead boats on my ski ring without problems.
          '96 Larson 174 SEI BR. 4.3LX 4 bbl Weber s/n 0F786604. Alpha One Gen II s/n 0F709315

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          • #6
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            Get a bridle. If the tube submarines, it will pull the ski eye from the transom
            Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

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