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Old 01 September 2004, 05:12   #1
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Towing Bridle:

How long should it be? Is there a rule of thumb, or is just as long as you can get it without fouling the expensive twirly bit at the end of the outboard/outdrive leg?

Any thoughts? I'm going to make one tonight......

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Old 01 September 2004, 05:45   #2
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Hi

I would make i so that when you have both ends of the rope connected to the towing eyes. The middel off the rope can't reach the prop.

This is the way I made mine

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Sounds like good advice from Rene. I expect you have already thought of this, but we use floating rope as an additional precaution.
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We spliced one 12mm nylon (I think) onto the towing eye and bowlined the other end with a whipping for the spare. Give it good hard pull on something heavy! then check to see if rope has stretched.

When tilted or in operating position the bridle rests on top of the AV plate, has a figure of eight knot in middle. We have only ever towed a RIB of similar weight and dont tow skiers.
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Sounds like good advice from Rene. I expect you have already thought of this, but we use floating rope as an additional precaution.
Agree with Louise. I would add that it is prudent to add a couple of flotation devices Corks, Balls ( ) or the like. It's embarrising fouling rope but when it's your own

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Floating rope is the best bit of kit for this. If you set the length so that out of the water the rope sits on the cavitation plate but will not reach below the plate at any extent. For the actual tow line I prefer climbing rope cause of the elasticity in it. Other wise you`ll end up getting yanked all over the place!
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Quite right Ashby one would practically die of embarassment if one fouled ones balls! perish the thought and shield the ladies!!
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This works. I used snap hooks each end, 'cos they are easier and faster to do than knots. The 2 rings (not very clear) are for bungee cords up to the A frame to lift it up when there is no load.
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Dylan, assuming that you are going to ski behind the boat you should ensure that the bridle is of sufficient length to allow the skier to move out to the side of the boat without the rope of the bridle fouling against the outboard.
Have you considered fitting a proper ski pole? I have just fitted one after skiing with a bridle and it is such a transformation in ease of use.
IMHO well worth the trouble if you plan to use it much.
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Do you have any pics of the ski pole fitted?
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