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    Towing skis to my new hire site

    Ok peoples here is one for you to help me out with .I need to be able to tow my ski's to my new area .There are 4 ski's and 2 people .I need to be able to tow one behind the other .Have any of you fellow members seen a sled or such that I can keep my towed ski close to my towing ski ?.Don't worry about the factors of towing ie water ingestion etc .I will sort that .Its probably simple but when you think about something for too long even the simplest things evaid your mind .I have thought about a pontoon system and load the ski's on it and do it that way .This will take some to get organised so I would like to try the tow system

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    Use a long rope. That is how I always tow skis. I towed a sea doo at 50 MPH, as the owner kept telling me he wanted to hurry up and get it back. No issues at all!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I do it all the time ! Do you know what a fun noodle is?


    I thread some rope through a 4 foot section and put stainless clips at either end the good thing is the noodle eliminates chance of sucking the rope up! Z

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    We've always used ropes as well. It was the only real way to tow them behind the houseboat and get to the other side of the lake while we were having cocktails and some dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
    ...I need to be able to tow my ski's ... such that I can keep my towed ski close to my towing ski...
    Is there a reason you want to keep them close behind?

    What water conditions do you expect?

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    Rough Conditions ,I am getting the picture .Hoping someone may have seen a sled or the like that couls be used
    off to work
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
    Rough Conditions ,I am getting the picture .Hoping someone may have seen a sled or the like that couls be used
    off to work
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    Ocean water, and rough conditions...

    The usual approach is fairly long tow ropes, so the towed boat is never going to run up your rear, or get beside you.

    The rope length would be roughly matched to the wave spacing, so both boats are rising or falling together.

    I suppose you could create some sort of medium stiffness (in compression) harness (a length of rather stout rubber tubing, perhaps 5 inches in diameter, with 2" wall thickness, with a taught tow rope through the centre). That would keep the towed boat from closing in on the lead, yet keep them close together. The real issue is when the front boat rises, drops, or twists, out of sync with the tow.

    You need to figure out how to keep 300+ kilos of driverless PWC off your back when the waves do the "wrong" thing, and at the same time not create handling problems for the PWC doing the towing.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMANN View Post
    I do it all the time ! Do you know what a fun noodle is?

    http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:...images/164.jpg
    I thread some rope through a 4 foot section and put stainless clips at either end the good thing is the noodle eliminates chance of sucking the rope up! Z
    This is a really great idea!

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    Just fly me down, I ll move one of them for ya

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    Flat deck pontoon by the looks of things .May have to make it myself .I have an old Jetsprint race boat and will use the engine ,jet etc from that .
    Thanks for the input

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    Bernie

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