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Old 01 October 2013, 17:31   #1
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Towing a ringo - A frame or transom hooks

Im just wondering which is best for towing a ringo, an A-frame or transom hooks?
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Transom hooks.

You don't need to angle that an A frame tow point offers and I suspect these do put quite a bit of strain on the A frame and hull.

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Transom hooks.

You don't need to angle that an A frame tow point offers and I suspect these do put quite a bit of strain on the A frame and hull.

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Yeah thanks, would an A frame be better for skiing and wakeboarding?
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The force a tube can create is such that specialty built towers for wakeboarding say not to tow tubes from them. On that note the force a wakeboarder can create is also very powerful. I have seen none stretch spectra ropes 75' long land in the boat. Unless it is a purpose built tower I would not pull a wakeboarder from an A frame.

As to water skiing, you want a low pull from the center of the boat. Something outboards do not lend to very well.
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The force a tube can create is such that specialty built towers for wakeboarding say not to tow tubes from them. On that note the force a wakeboarder can create is also very powerful. I have seen none stretch spectra ropes 75' long land in the boat. Unless it is a purpose built tower I would not pull a wakeboarder from an A frame.

As to water skiing, you want a low pull from the center of the boat. Something outboards do not lend to very well.
So all in it's better to have transom hooks over an a-frame, as i do a mixture of skiing, ringoing and wakeboarding
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So all in it's better to have transom hooks over an a-frame, as i do a mixture of skiing, ringoing and wakeboarding
Towing from an "A" frame would make your "other" problem worse as it would raise the bow & pull the stern down. It would try & make the boat pull a "Wheelie"
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Towing from an "A" frame would make your "other" problem worse as it would raise the bow & pull the stern down. It would try & make the boat pull a "Wheelie"
Yeah it would, to many problems :L, stick to what i got
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So all in it's better to have transom hooks over an a-frame, as i do a mixture of skiing, ringoing and wakeboarding
YES, pull from the stern for all water sports.

If you want a water skiing boat, buy or buddy up with someone that has a direct drive ski boat. If you want a wakeboarding boat buy or buddy up with someone who has a V-drive wakeboarding boat. For tubing...well don't tell your friends you do that Or just use what ya' got and have fun!

I used to have a beautiful Nautique for wakeboarding. Since I can not wakeboard at all really after breaking my knee in six places, my little boat still lets me take a pull, although I have only done so once. Wakeboarding was my passion for many many years...

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I tow quite happily from my A-frame, and with no ill effects. I've got a video of me towing 2 ringos last weekend on here somewhere from the A-frame. I don't tow from the top of it as a ringo submarined on me once during a turn and gave the boat quite a pull. I tie on high enough that ropes won't chaff my engine. I've tried a bridle before but the transom is a bit narrow and the engine still gets rubbed.

With regards to the wheelie? Yes - this happens, I trim my engine right in and get any passengers to sit forward until we are on the plane!

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