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  • kscrib
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    Originally posted by XT21LakeAnna View Post
    Easy solution is to not tube but if you have to using the ski pylon is fine.
    For the most part you are right. We had a bunch of college kids down to the lake (DURING THE WEEK WHEN THE LAKE IS EMPTY) and they played a game we call last man standing. Two people per tube, 5 tubes behind one boat attached to the ski pylon. We use a trailing pickup boat to pick up the kids that are removed from their tube. We only stop the tow boat when there are more tubes than people. It is an aggressive event, pushing, kicking tubes, hitting hand holds, etc. The kids competitive kids absolutely love it!!! Well, with 10 college age kids, we slightly bent out ski pylon on our '06 X30.

    I know - self induced pain, I get that. I am not complaining, I am just warning that there are limits to how much you can drag with a ski pylon.

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  • Huckelfin
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    People act hard and tube-shame on social media, but you know they're out there every weekend pumping up the ol towable, ragdolling their kids & annoying friends over double-ups.

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  • 86Skier
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    Originally posted by ejj View Post
    I’m no tubelover, but I love my kids. Tubing is part of every lake trip.
    ^^^^^ Double This.

    I grew up loving slalom (still my favorite), but transitioned to a bigger boat (still not big, but certainly no Skier) for family reasons and that brought surfing which I've grown to really enjoy because of the boat atmosphere it creates and ability to egg each other on as you ride.... but I also have a 5 and 9 year old, and I ain't afraid to let Ma drag me behind on a tube a lap or two while they try to toss me off when its windy, the lakes crazy mad, and there's not even a shimmer of hope for any calm water. Doesn't matter what boat I'm in, and I've been in a lot... if you're on the water, enjoy it.

    I just wish people had a little more sense and shared the water time a bit more. When the lake settles, and a guy takes advantage and pulls away with a newbie kid learning to ski, maybe give 'em 15 minutes. Fresh water and everyone else grabbing lunch isn't an invite for more tubes.... its the brief chance that alot of people were waiting for to take advantage of calmer seas.

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  • JohnnyB
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    Originally posted by dpb185 View Post
    I wouldn't ever hook a tube up to a ski pylon personally. Tubes can submarine and rip out or bend the pylon. I do skiers, knee boarders, hover craft but tubes go on the transom hooks.



    Just my opinion. I'm sure there are plenty of boat owners that hook tubes to the pylon and have never had a problem with it.
    Never seen a tube flex my pylon. Most of my slalom crew can flex it when they cross the wake

    Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk

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  • Vux73
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    Originally posted by ejj View Post
    I’m no tubelover, but I love my kids. Tubing is part of every lake trip.
    ^^^ this

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  • dpb185
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    Something wrong with you people. Where I come from, if you can do it on the water, it's fair game.

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  • curver900
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    Originally posted by cmasty View Post
    I tell everyone that tubing voids the boat warranty.
    So does fishing!

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  • ejj
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    I’m no tubelover, but I love my kids. Tubing is part of every lake trip.

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  • John Johnson
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    Originally posted by cmasty View Post
    I tell everyone that tubing voids the boat warranty.
    This is brilliant. I will steal this.

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  • dfski
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    Originally posted by dpb185 View Post
    The issue isn't the weight of what you're pulling it's the size of the cross section of a submerged or partially submerged tube you have to worry about. If the tube goes under you're then pulling all the weight of the water that's between the tube and the surface.
    I agree and wasn't referring to weight. The cross section of a pair of 90 inch jumpers on edge is pretty big A strong jumper puts a pretty good load on the boat during his cut to the ramp as evidenced by the increase in engine RPMs to maintain speed. Likewise a couple of barefooters doing a deep water start takes a pretty strong hit to get them out of the water.

    In any case my real point was I didn't think the lifting hooks were designed for towing, but I could be wrong.

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  • H2ORidr
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    Originally posted by cmasty View Post
    I tell everyone that tubing voids the boat warranty.
    I'll have to try that one. For now I either say "sorry I forgot to bring the tube" or if they want to tube I tell them they have to spend equal time doing something else first like wakeboarding, skiing, foiling, etc. After just 1-2 sessions the tube is a thing of the past and they never look back.

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  • DavidF
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    Originally posted by cmasty View Post
    I tell everyone that tubing voids the boat warranty.
    Classic!

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  • XT21LakeAnna
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    Originally posted by cmasty View Post
    I tell everyone that tubing voids the boat warranty.
    That is a good one.

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  • cmasty
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    I tell everyone that tubing voids the boat warranty.

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  • dpb185
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    Originally posted by dfski View Post
    I though the lifting hooks were just for that, lifting and not towing. A vertical load is very different than a horizontal load. On my 205 there is a transom tow hook in the center that is for towing and specifically says not for lifting. I know a tube is a heavy load, but so are jumpers and double deepwater barefoot starts and the pylon works for all of that. My 205 is a DD and the pylon in a V drive may be different. I agree, don’t use the tower.
    The issue isn't the weight of what you're pulling it's the size of the cross section of a submerged or partially submerged tube you have to worry about. If the tube goes under you're then pulling all the weight of the water that's between the tube and the surface.

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