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Old 21 July 2014, 09:45   #1
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Towing on aerotec 380 Bombard

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I have been reading a lot of threads about people towing using the bombard aerotec 380. I'm just wondering what equipment is needed to do this. Do i need to get a screw in towing ring which inserts into the hole where the turnkey for launching wheels is inserted?

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Old 21 July 2014, 10:56   #2
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Towing on aerotec 380 Bombard

Yes you could use an eye bolt in the existing transom wheel hole, or a u-bolt adjacent so you can still fit wheels.
Not an Aerotec but principal same.
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I also use a towing bridle like this;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360732409979
The sliding float/hook and cable keep it well away from prop.

We also have 20 horses on tap and can comfortably tow a teenager on a ringo or kneeboard. Have fun, just don't rip the transom off. 😮
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Old 21 July 2014, 11:39   #3
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Here is my Bombard with tow rings - I like to go heavy duty with M10 fittings and set further down in the 'meat' of the transom.

These are separate SS eye bolts with fully threaded SS M10 bolts (set screws) cut flush to the eye bolt with head on the inside of the transom and big SS 'penny' washers to spread the load, seal everything with Sikaflex. Bridle is home made.

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Old 21 July 2014, 12:53   #5
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Max, where did you get the SS eye bolts and M10 bolts from?

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Hi Nick, where did you get the towing ring from? What's the diameter of the hole that's for the turnkey for launching wheels? My boat is where I go on holiday, so don't have access to it! cheers
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Here is my Bombard with tow rings - I like to go heavy duty with M10 fittings and set further down in the 'meat' of the transom.

These are separate SS eye bolts with fully threaded SS M10 bolts (set screws) cut flush to the eye bolt with head on the inside of the transom and big SS 'penny' washers to spread the load, seal everything with Sikaflex. Bridle is home made.

that's belt and braces
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Those would work perfect! Although I would recommend a large washer or plate of stainless for the backer. My Zodiac came with a couple of eyes just like that at the stern. They need to be a one piece loop at the end and not just be bent over. The amount of force a ringo or person can create on a rope is incredible.

The key to driving is going to be to NEVER shock load the rope.

I built my own towing bridle too. Pretty simple to make. I just bought a commercial float to make sure it didn't get sucked into the prop. Then used some spectra rope I had laying around. I used screw links for the attachment point.

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Max, where did you get the SS eye bolts and M10 bolts from?

Cheers

Same here, all on eBay. I use m10 bolts, spreader washers and threaded eye bolts (all SS).
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