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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
    2019 Ram 1500 Classic 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
      2019 Ram 1500 Classic 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
            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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            • #7
              As with any large inflatable banana being towed behind a boat, need to pump it up to it's max working pressure recommendation for a smoother water ride and slide. If used under inflated the water drag under it will be increased notoriously, worse if motor is underpowered or propped wrong....

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              • #8
                Good advice Sea Rider but I more than likely won't be going over idle speed. My kids are that young that I don't need to scar them for life...yet!

                **We are already planning on a bridle, new rated rope, and a 12V HV compressor/inflator for the tube.
                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
                2019 Ram 1500 Classic 4x4

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by briangcc View Post
                  Good advice Sea Rider but I more than likely won't be going over idle speed. My kids are that young that I don't need to scar them for life...yet!
                  Works for any speed whether idle or full hammer down, unless the kids wants a softer comfy surface to sit on. LOL!!

                  Happy Boating


                  Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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                  • #10
                    Interesting question, that I've never thought about. On my last boat, 2008 Searay, we would tow 2 single tubes, each with one adult. The ropes were attached to the middle tow eye just above the swim platform. Did that for 8 years and worked just fine.
                    2016 Glastron GTS185
                    Merc 4.5L MPI, Alpha drive

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                    • #11
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                      Both boys who would be riding in the tube are maybe 100lbs combined. My admiral weighs...I ain't answering that as I don't need a frying pan to the noggin! But needless to say combined is well under a rather plump adult. And this would be at idle speed so no fast, hard launches or turns trying to whip someone off. Probably be perfectly fine under this scenario for a while.

                      That being said, I'm also the entertainment director for the family vacation with bunches of teeny boppers who love to tube so weight, and speed, and turns all go up.

                      Bought a bridle and a tow rope rated for up to 6 person tubes. Better safe than sorry.
                      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
                      2019 Ram 1500 Classic 4x4

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