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Old 01 September 2004, 13:09   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Great Harwood, Lancs
Boat name: Tigger II
Make: Bombardier Aerodeck
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu 25HP
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 626
Hi Dylan

Have a look at the one I made next time your over.

If you measure it should fit your spot on.

also use a "interesting" method to keep it clear of the prop.
Will work on your Rib as setups same as mine.

Regards Gary

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Old 01 September 2004, 17:23   #12
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Barmouth
Boat name: Blue Marlin
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 7m +
Engine: Yanmar 315/Bravo 2X
MMSI: 235020218
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 827

I'll look tomorrow!!


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Old 01 September 2004, 17:26   #13
Country: UK - England
Town: UK
Boat name: Searider Something !
Length: 6m +
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Posts: 98
It is sometimes worth putting something buoyant on your tow line so you can keep the line up from the prop anyway, and see where the thing is if its getting a bit rough.

I have seen some people put a fender buoy in the middle of their towline, but personally would not like to tow anything heavy (more than a topper dinghy) with this configuration.

Dont forget that if the engine falls off the transom the bridle may be able to catch it untill you can do something about it falling into the deep blue.
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Old 02 September 2004, 04:26   #14
Country: UK - England
Town: Alton
Boat name: Arrow Flight
Make: Humber Destroyer
Length: 7m +
Engine: Mercury 175 EFI
MMSI: 235026883
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 60
Ready Made?

I know making your own is more fun, but if you need quick, safe and functional, I can recommend a ready made bridle from The Marine Superstore in Port Solent or your local supplier. Price was £10-15 (sorry can't remember exactly) and the main attraction was the red pulley frame is bouyant.

IMHO it would be very hard to foul a prop with this bridle since it won't go over the flange above the prop on my motor. As always though, nothing stopping you fouling the tow rope!

Have fun.

P.S. This bridle has towed a 2.5 metre dia. inflatable with 3 adult men on board at 20 knots. So no worries about quality. (mind you they were more like quivering kids when they got off )
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Old 02 September 2004, 04:30   #15
Country: UK - England
Town: Woking
Make: Yam 550
Length: 5.5m
Engine: Yamaha 115 four stroke
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 13
Eddo, no pictures yet but will take some at weekend if possible.
I can email them to you if you like and would also be happy to give advice etc if you decide to go for it.
As I said it is so much better than a bridle....keeps the rope way out of the water and for the skier it tends to give you lift out of the water whereas a bridle will always tend to pull you down due to the low attachment points!
(Also loads easier to adjust different rope lengths)

Cheers, Solitaire

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