Originally Posted by ajstars
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