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Old 25 May 2004, 17:27   #1
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Waterskiing/wake boarding

Hi there, I took a friend across to the I.O.W. last weekend and now he is desparate to ski/wake board behind my boat.

I am keen on the idea and have towed skiers many times (I know what I am doing!!).

Only problem is that I havn't used my present boat (Yam 550 Rib ) for this yet and don't know where or how to attach the rope.
Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:33   #2
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when I spec'd my Humber last year I asked about ski-ing and they recommended having two towing eyes fitted on the transom as the best option which is what I decided to go for. A ski pole is a major undertaking in comparison apparently and towing via the A frame is a definite no go. I can mail you some photos of the rings if you wish.
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:33   #3
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You need a bridle. Can be made up by anyone competent at rope work (not me).

1 carrabeena (is that how its spelt) on each side of the engine cliped to the towing eyes and a piece of rope between them.

The ski rope is then attached to a roller on that rope with a float on it and that roller allows the ski rope to go from one side of the engine to the other as the skier cuts across. Putting a float on it is pretty important tho or it tends to get stuck in the prop

mine was made up for me in a chandlers but you can buy them ready made for about a tenner.

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Unless you have a very strong A frame(!) then the best thing is to use the two eyes (towing eyes/ski eyes) fitted either side of the engine on the transom. Rig up a bridle from each eye with the ski line attached to the middle and Bobs your uncle!
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:40   #5
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heres what your after:
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:43   #6
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Thankyou all!! Everything posted seems to make sense and yes Woot I would appreciate a picture if poss!

Please mail me at: smartfit@btopenworld.com

THANKS!!!
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:44   #7
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As per the other responses, the towing eyes on the transom will be fine for a skier or wakeboarder. The only time when this might prove to be a problem is if your wakeboarder is at a level where he wants to jump and perform tricks, then the eyes will be too low for him to get height.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks Simmons0!!
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Thanks Bajan.....I assume that strength of the eyes shouldn't prove a problem??!
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Thanks Bajan.....I assume that strength of the eyes shouldn't prove a problem??!
Should be no problem. The transom is as strong as you'll get.

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