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    tubing from a bass boat??
from Ben (  
8/9/2006 12:32:00 PM


 My wife is finally letting me get a boat, and I want a straight bass boat, but my wife wants to be able to take a friend or two and be able to tow a tube and passenger... I don't want to have to get a ski n' fish boat unless that is my only choice, so my question is... Is a bass boat frame strong enough to tow a tube and passenger, and if so how do you attach a cable to the boat (looking at a 18' Stratos or Triton)?

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   I've done it from mule holler (  8/9/2006 12:40:00 PM
 I often tow my buddies and family behind my bass boat on a tube. I attach the tow rope to the attachment that normally clamps my boat down on to the trailer. Some are worried that the rope will get caught up in the prop, but, I haven't had that happen yet. I've done this with a TR 21 (225 EFI) and in a smaller Procraft 16 footer with a 115 without problems. You know they are back there on the hole shot, but I haven't had problems doing it. You might want to make sure you get a boat with a 4 blade prop to get a good hole shot though. Just my opinion.

   I've done it from a 16 ft. bass boat from jeff (  8/9/2006 1:26:00 PM
 There's not any room with the tube. Also if you have small kids, look for a boat that hasn't got all raised deck.

   I'll put it to ya this way from Allen (  8/9/2006 1:48:00 PM
 I have never tubed, skied, or wakeboarded behind a ski boat, or a fish-n-ski. Yes my neck may be a tad bit red, but you will not be using it for those things 95% of the time.

   we do it all the time from Champ203<>< (  8/9/2006 1:59:00 PM
 Been pulling kids on tubes and kneeboards for years without a problem. Use a bridle with a float and go have fun.

Peace, Don<><

   Tubing from aries200 (  8/9/2006 2:40:00 PM
 I've tubed,wake boarded,and skied? behind my aries with two in the boat plus gear . Hook to the tiedowns and you'll have no problems.

   Tiedowns are OK depending on boat and tube... from TrepMan (  8/9/2006 3:41:00 PM
 I've pulled tubes behind my Tracker and my Nitro like everyone above, the Nitro is tougher due to the location of the tiedowns, make sure you get a floating bridle. It also depends on the tube and the weight of the person, the ideal is one of the removable Tow Pylons that attach to the rear seat hole with 2 brackets (whole thing is removable).

Depending again on the size of the tube and person(s) being pulled, may want a seperate prop to give you more low end pull like a 4-5 blade.


   Not a problem at all... from Phantom  8/9/2006 5:00:00 PM
 It's best to have a 2nd prop for that to allow for better hole shot but other than that it's a breeze.


   Use the tiedowns not the floating harness from Bill (  8/9/2006 5:36:00 PM
 I just clip it to the tie down ring and that keeps it out of the motor. It will also allow you to sling them around better when your pulling. I tried the floating harness and it kicked up spray in the eyes of the riders too bad. You can turn the riders out into the clean water where they will almost pass the boat when you hook it to the ring. Bill

   Towing a tube from Lyndon Johnson (  8/9/2006 9:12:00 PM
 I've towed a skier with my boat. I would recommend the ski float also. It will keep the rope out of the way of the prop. The person being towed will notice a difference. The wake behind a bass boat is a lot smoother than a deep-v. And the bass boat should have a better weight to horsepower ratio (assuming that it is maxed) so it will feel stronger to the skier.

   Don't use Tow Pylon for Tubes from BassFvr  8/10/2006 10:04:00 AM
 The Removable Tow pylon has a big warning sticker attached to it that says do not use it for pulling innertubes. I'm assuming this is because of the constant excessive pull on it. I pull my son around behind my Champ all the time using the Cable harness with the float and it works good. Since it's close to the water it does drag through the water alot, but his smile tells me it's awfully fun back there.

   BassFvr - thats good to know!! Bill - Question. from TrepMan (  8/10/2006 10:54:00 AM
 "The Removable Tow pylon has a big warning sticker attached to it that says do not use it for pulling innertubes." I didn't know that, I've been thinking of blowing the $$ for one, but if it is only for sking and not tubing I won't blow the $$!!! Thanks!!

Bill - when you say "Use the tiedowns not the floating harness, I just clip it to the tie down ring and that keeps it out of the motor." Are you just tying the rope to ONE of the tiedowns?? I've got the floating harness and with the locations of my tiedowns on my Nitro, i'm afraid its too close to the motor on this one.


   pulling w/pylon from half-whitt (  8/10/2006 12:53:00 PM
 i have been using my pylon on my ski n fish for a couple years. have not had a problem until thas year. bent it. problem was to much slack in the rope + alot of weight in tube (me and daughter)+ speed (snatched the tube right out from under me at 20 mph = bent pylon till then havn't had a problem

   that's crap. from StevieP (  8/10/2006 12:54:00 PM
 don't pull INNER TUBES. As in tire tubes. (??)

Tow pylons are just fine for pulling proper water toys. Why wouldn't they be? Tubes are less stressful than a skier is. They skid along the water and make hardly any drag, where a skier puts MORE stress on the pylon. Just make sure it's not JUST the upright, and that it DOES have the supports that connect down in the splashwell area.

I have one on my SF21, and it's pulled more tubers than skiers.

   Check out OVERTONS on this. from BassFvr  8/10/2006 11:36:00 PM
 I was going to purchase the Removable ski tow pylon myself and when I called OVERTONS they are the ones who told me about the warning not to use it for pulling tubes. It also has a warning note in their catalog. But hey who are they anyway, just the experts on this. I'm sure that Stevie is much more of an expert than the largest Recreational Watersports Distributor in the country is!

   Ski Pylon from MWood (  8/11/2006 12:29:00 PM
 I also have a fish/ski with a pylon and have never had an issue with it under any condition and there are no warnings in the boat documentation. But this pylon was supplied by Stratos and has 2 support arms that extend back to either side of the transom. Maybe the Overton's pylon doesn't include these braces. Without these, I can imagine the stress would be too much for the seat pedistal fitting. Just a thought.

   I emailed Overton's from StevieP (  8/14/2006 11:10:00 AM
  BassFvr is correct in that their catalog and site do post a warning against using their pylon for pulling inflatables.

Here's the link:


Butave no idea why that would be. I emailed Overtons to find out, and will post their reply.



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