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Old 19 July 2016, 01:03   #1
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Hi. My new (to me) SIB has no obvious place to attach a tow line. I'm guessing to avoid using cleats on the tubes?

If I attach a pair of D rings through the transom, where's best? High up? Close to the tubes? What's strongest and best?

There are 2 holes on the transom, which I believe are for davits quite high up - I wonder if I can some how use these?

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Old 19 July 2016, 03:26   #2
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This comes up a lot on here:

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Old 19 July 2016, 05:15   #3
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thanks for the link - im not sure which is the best (strongest) position? as post #4 or #3?
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Either will be more than adequate for anything towed on a SIB. Just avoid going too near the top/sides - I'd stay a couple of inches in.
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Hi,
We pull ringos, knee and wakeboards with our sibs. Despite extra strain on transom we space the towing eyes high and wide for better towing.
M8 eye bolts on the Aerotec;
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A decent bridle and float pulley also helps.
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Any advantage between closest to the engine or tubes?
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Close to tubes better for towing when turning as bridle less likely to foul on engine leg. Also better to be high to keep tow line out of water and bridle further away from prop. Just bear in mind high and wide better for towing but does put more strain on transom.
My Zodiac above has the flimsiest transom imaginable but still copes well towing and doesn't flex any more than when solo.
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Great. Thanks. I'll do that then
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