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Old 29 July 2004, 08:54   #1
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Towable tubes

I need (apparently) to get something to tow my son behind the rib with. I suggested a length of rope with a bit of broomhandle but that didnít go down particularly well.

Any recommendations things to look out for Ė I expect itís going to be about £100 including all the bits of string and being a tight wad I want to make sure I get value for money.

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PS Ė well done on the round Ireland thingy to Missus and Fiona.
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Old 29 July 2004, 09:02   #2
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Whatever you get don't forget to check with your insurance company that you are covered when towing it. Our insurance covers water skiers but not "toys". They want extra money for that privilage.
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Old 29 July 2004, 09:07   #3
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Peter.

Thanks for that its included in my cover with Mardon - I knew this was going to happen.
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Old 29 July 2004, 09:11   #4
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Cosco.......

..........have a couple of fantastic SEADOO towables in at the moment at around £100, however, our best bet is www.loot.com where you can't go wrong. However, don't buy anything that resembles a saussage, torpedo or banana, they're crap and unstable.
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Old 29 July 2004, 09:20   #5
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Phil,

I'm with Mardon too - partially for this reason.

From memory you arn't allowed more than two people per toy.

I have two standard Doughnuts - one a Jobe Thrasher (approx £70) and One a Sevylor not sure of model and picked it up second hand so not sure of new cost. The Jobe is alot better quality made than the Sevylor but they may not be comparable models.

Ropes you will need a tow line approx £10 and a bridle for the boat unless you have a tow eye / post. A suitable boyancy aid (if you dont have one already) is a must, as you will certainly get wet enough to fire an auto lifejacket.

Have a hunt around but http://www.roho.co.uk/ are good for other stuff diving etc but I've never bought toys from them.

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Old 29 July 2004, 09:38   #6
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A doughnut is a good bet. Remember to buy a rope which floats on the water to tow the doughnut with or whatever you buy. Also you will have to get towing bridle, probably have to have one made up. This will attach to the two ski eyes on the transom then feed around the back of your outboard if you have one. This will spread the weight across the transom and also give you a central tow.

Lastly please remember when using toys not to exceed 20 knots as anything higher than this can cause serious injury.
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Lastly please remember when using toys not to exceed 20 knots as anything higher than this can cause serious injury.
..... I find about 45 knots ensures that the little beggars don't ask to be towed again.....
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.........pulling that speed in the marina, however, I'll let you off as you were pissed out of your brains at the time.
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Philip, if you are interested I have one similar to this doing nothing other than gathereing dust in the garage. PM me if you are interested
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