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Old 22 July 2019, 04:08   #1
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Towing ringos with kinds behind the RIB

So the grandkids are showing an interest in water toys....(More expense!) so I'm looking to start them off with a ringo type towable.

I do have a tower on the RIB, and assume the towing eye on the tower would be preferable than using the towing eyes & a bridle on the transom?

Can anyone also advise on a dual inflatable ring, I don't want to jump in with a lot of expense if they're going to lose interest quickly, but do want decent quality.

I have done water skiing myself many years ago, but I would welcome any general advice on towing these with kids aboard.
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So the grandkids are showing an interest in water toys....(More expense!) so I'm looking to start them off with a ringo type towable.

I do have a tower on the RIB, and assume the towing eye on the tower would be preferable than using the towing eyes & a bridle on the transom?

Can anyone also advise on a dual inflatable ring, I don't want to jump in with a lot of expense if they're going to lose interest quickly, but do want decent quality.

I have done water skiing myself many years ago, but I would welcome any general advice on towing these with kids aboard.
Avoid any hard connections ( shackles / snap clips etc ), we use either appropriate knots or soft eyes - a failed tow line with a heavy shackle heading back to you at warp factor nine is going to put a dent in you........ And always use a spotter - have fun!
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Old 22 July 2019, 06:29   #3
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Watch out for heads banging together. A kayak style helmet for kids would be sensible
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We started off Ringo-ing last year with the kids. They absolutely loved it.

My best advice is to have a spotter in the boat to keep an eye on the one you are towing. You don't need to go fast to for them to get a buzz but if they bounce over the wake when the ringo hits the water again it can be quite a jolt. I had a few goes and I was surprise how much force there is when you get thrown off.

We attach out line to the top of the A frame where there is a loop, it generally keeps the line well away from the prop.

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I have used rage Watersports for a pair of ringos

They might have gone under no pun intended

I believe they were based in the Channel Islands Ive had mine for fifteen years running and used every year bar one, new inner tube this year though
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the tower is more for wake boarding. why not from the transom where there are usually eyes so stronger. you'll need a bridal however.
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I have a 2 person 'steerable' tube which makes it more interesting, it planes more efficiently as well so it will go faster when horsepower is limited. Look for Airhead's Slash II.
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Jobe and excite sell bridles and there are special tow ropes with soft quick release ends. Plenty of used ones about for £50 to start off. The flat discs are supposed to be good fun


https://boatworld.co.uk/boatworld/bo...ider-tube-rope

https://boatworld.co.uk/boatworld-vortex-duo
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I ringo, with my 2 - great fun.

I'd recommend a floating bridle that attaches to the tow-hooks on the transom - it will keep clear of the prop, not attach from high on the A-frame - you want a straight lateral pull.

Proper ringo tow rope - will float and have the correct give- will probably come with the ringo.

Do watch the speed - 14-16kts is plenty - and when you turn the ringo will accelerate

As other have said if 2 on same device head protection good idea

PFDs vital, wetsuits good idea - will absorb some of the impact of hitting the water at speed

As is a watcher

Most important KILL ENGINE before launch / recovery of ringo-ers (victims) every time

Consider in advance how how will retrieve hapless victim from water over the tubes.

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Old 23 July 2019, 02:44   #10
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We are relatively new to this too. Just a word of warning - we have a quick release on the towabale end. Be careful that it is rigged correctly and doesn’t get tangled - otherwise it becomes a “harness” attaching the occupant rather than a release! (It’s just Velcro so probably comes off the wrist in a crisis but a little disconcerting for kids if they try to pull the cord and it doesn’t work).
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