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Old 14 February 2013, 08:13   #11
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I have been towed water skiing from my little Avon SR4 with out any problem, but if you cut right outside the wake you can tell you are having an effect on the boat!
I have also towed our very large biscuit from it all ok but last summer I lost the riders put the boat in to a turn to pick them up the biscuit dug in to the water & with the leverage the Afram gives nearly flipped the boat! It went over 90% & spat me out kill cord cut engine & the boat righted it self, climed back in & all was ok , but will not be towing from the Afram again!
Bigger heavier boat & I think we would have been alright.

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Old 14 February 2013, 11:18   #12
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Interesting points of view. Judging by the rigidity and mounting of the A-frame, I've never been overly concerned about its integrity, but I do take on board what is being said about the donut 'submarining' and have had the boat take a fair dip to one side because of it! Ill probably continue to tow skiers from the A-frame but perhaps not the donut! Time to splice up a bridle!

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Old 14 February 2013, 11:40   #13
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Originally Posted by ajstars View Post
So should water skis also be towed from the transom?
The answer will always be it depends on the boat, and more importantly the tower. You don't want to be doing repairs on your boat because you ripped your tower right out of the boat do you? The safest will always be from the transom.

Post a picture of your tower from the side so we can see the mounts and the spread. Tell us how it is mounted to the boat. Are there large backing plates inside the hull? What is the hull thickness at the mount area? What size is the tower tubing? Is the design such that the forces are applied in the correct geometry? What material is the tower made out of?

FWIW I have seen specifically built towers fail at the welds just from wakeboarding off them. Scary thought on a boat filled with people.

Nick one upped everyone I know as I have never heard of the driver crashing while tubing.

So what is with everyone water skiing? Do you not know what a wakeboard is? Hardly anyone water skis in the USA anymore, as wakeboarding quickly took over as the water sport of choice. Not that I haven't tried, but doing 360's and flips on a water ski just isn't as much fun as on a wakeboard
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Old 16 February 2013, 18:44   #14
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Some A frames/RIBs are built for it. Certainly my XS700 is and a couple of previous RIBs were as well.
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Old 17 February 2013, 01:44   #15
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I wouldn't recommend it. I have had the upright on an a frames shear in the past from having a radar on a strutt on top. The whipping action caused the breakage. So a skier is going to be a lot more pressure.
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Old 17 February 2013, 03:08   #16
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It really does come down to the quality of the A frame itself and how well it is anchored on to the boat.
I installed a double A frame into a recent Searider refurb and it used for wake boarding from. The front sections are anchored through the hull with large spreader plates behind on the exterior.

There really isn't much point in towing off the A frame if you are using a donut or ski-ing. You're better off using the transom.

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