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Old 11 August 2011, 15:01   #1
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Wakeboard bridle question

I've just bought a wakeboard bridle to go between the two tie down eyes on my Zodiac 500 (it's a y shape with a pulley and float where the main tow line attaches). My question is how long should the bridle be to best avoid a tangle in the prop. Also, just playing in the garden it looks like the bridle would touch the outboard if you go to about 30 degrees which I'm assuming would happen. It doesn't seem to matter what lenth of bridle you use I think this would always happen. Is this normal or how can it be avoided?
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Old 12 August 2011, 05:09   #2
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The fact it has a float will proably stop it getting down there, but my generic tow bridle is about halfway down the leg when slack. It needs to have enough slack to make sure the engine can tilt fully up. Any more is a waste & just puits it nearer your prop.

And no, there's no easy way to stop it hitting the leg at weird towing angles if it's fixed to the transom...... Not normally a problem when towing other boats, hence my not worrying about it.
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Thanks for that. I think I will shorten the bridle based on what you say, it's too long at the moment. Doesn't sound very good for wakeboarding if the rope is going to hit the outboard but I will try and see what happends in practice.
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I suspect the main difference between a wakeboarder at a 45 degree tow & something like a yacht is you'll still be able to move the engine against the rope as opposed to the tow dragging your stern sideways!

I assume your boarder's tow line is free to slide along the bridle?
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... it's too long at the moment. Doesn't sound very good for wakeboarding if the rope is going to hit the outboard ....

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I suspect the main difference between a wakeboarder at a 45 degree tow ....
Wakeboarders don't tend to move far out from the wake (unlike slalom water-skiers), as that's where the fun is for their sport.
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