Towing a boat with a boat?

Discussion in 'Boating' started by daniel-delarosa, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa New Member

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    We plan on goinng to the lake this weekend. My wife wants to take the 'toon and I want to bring my seadoo jet boat. I figured I could just take both and drag the seadoo around with the 'toon. But then I got to thinking of the tow rope getting in the propeller when I make a stop. Now I'm stumped, do any of Ya'll ever tow another boat? If so, how do you keep the rope away from the propeller?
     
  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    I would just lash it to the side and avoid the drama.
     

  3. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    BG has scored again.
     
  4. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Did I win anything? LOL!
     
  5. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Yep but you ain't getting it until Christmas :smile2:
     
  6. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Or use a ski rope setup that attaches to the stern.
    The one with the float to keep the line from dropping down to the propeller.
     
  7. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Or use a floating rope. But I'd still be very careful backing up.
     
  8. last chance

    last chance New Member

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    In addition to what Mark said, if you use poly rope it will float whereas nylon won't. that will help keep it out of the prop better.
     
  9. dinger66

    dinger66 New Member

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    run it thru a lenght of pvc pipe and tie off tight .worked well for me and stays out of the way
     
  10. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Not to mention this may help keep the boats from banging into each other if/when you slow down.
     
  11. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    just be sure that the tow line is strong enough not to snap under load. A line that is streched to the point of snapping will recoil with tremendous force, and can amputate limbs as well as cause incredible damage. During my service in the Navy, I witnessed a man that lost both his legs below the knee to a 1" nylon line that snapped.

    Use common sense and a tow line with a breaking strength several times stronger than the weight of what is being towed.
     
  12. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    simple solution, put your wife behind the wheel of the pontoon and tell her, DRIVE!!!!

    Then you hop in the seedoo and run circles around her till she gets confident.
     
  13. skiff_2

    skiff_2 New Member

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    I don't know what to say except please take a camcorder along. This could be good. :eek:oooh: Got some pics somewhere of a jet ski pulling a ski boat. Wasn't making real good time. Have fun. Hopefully ya'll have a little more water left than we do.