Tube with 25hp on a 14' tinny

matt167

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My girlfriend wants to get a tube behind my boat. I think it will work at a minimum but I'm not sure. It's a 14' StarCraft Holiday 14 with a Suzuki DF25A. Anyone?
 

FunInDuhSun

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Unless she’s as thin as Olive Oyl (Popeyes chick), a tube won’t get up on plane. I have a similar rig and couldn’t get an adult up on skis either. If she is ok with plowing around, go for it!
 

briangcc

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Umm...a 25HP on a 14' tinny is gonna fly. It'll pull the tube. Use a bridle to attach the line from the tube to the boat.

Now....how much swinging that tube around is going to move the boat is anyone's guess. That there might be the determining factor.
 

matt167

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I think I might just buy the cheap tube Walmart sells and see what it will do. I put the loosest pitch prop I could to get the RPM up on plane. We will have fun regardless
 

dwco5051

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Remember that many if not most states consider pulling a tube the same as a skier and require an observer when pulling one. I have a similar set up with 30hp on a 14' er and am sure I could pull a youngster at speeds close enough to keep then entertained by putting my lower pitch spare prop on and two adults on board. Never tried it but I thing it might be iffy with 3 adults.
 

matt167

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Indeed I live in a state where a spotter is required. As it should be. I've thought about putting the 30hp ecu and intake mesh in place but it voids warranty. I would have bought 30hp except Suzuki doesn't make the DF30A in short shaft. So I have to make it if I want it
 

jimmbo

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We used to pull Adult Skiers with these, even on just one Ski
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MirroCraft 14ft Deep Fisherman both could do 50km/hr or better

After the Old Man sold the bigger boat, we had to be creative
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I have a 16Ft Star Craft "V" hull with a Evinrude E40 (non tiller).
Boat cruises at 28-30 MPH, in the Barnegat Bay (bit choppy).
I'm thinking it will pull a tube, but possibly make the boat a bit unstable...
 

airshot

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My father had a 16' Lyman with a 35 hp johnson and we pulled two on skies many times ! And we had an observer as well as a driver!! I know the Holiday is a bit heavier than most aluminum boats of that length but, with the right setup it should pull a small riding toy. Your motor must be running at peak output, if it is weak, then your gonna have a problem
 

matt167

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Well the motor is just a year old now with 20 hours or so on it so it should be running perfectly at 25hp. I never got to try the tube this year
 

RaftRat

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My opinion is your set up will be fine. It may not be a world class ski boat, but you know that already, but it should be fun regardless. And if it’s not quite exciting enough, then the tuber can do “tricks” like standing up, no hands, whatever you can think of. Should be a good time on the water.
 
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