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Where to tow?


JBOB

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Hello to everyone-long time lurker,recent member,first post! First let me say what a wonderful resource this site has been for me-alot of good,useful info from people that obviously want to share their experiences and knowledge to help others with their Malibus. We have owned an '88 Skier since 2006 and it has been a great boat,we have taught all three of our kids to ski and wakeboard as well as our two neices and nephew. My question concerns where to tow tubes or other inflatables from? We often have multiples behind the boat due to friends/family that visit. I have used both the pylon and the towbar at the stern but have concerns about the amount of weight and drag applied to each. I am very gentle when starting out-make sure slack is out of towrope,no drop the hammer to W.O.T starts etc.. and so far no stress cracks or weird noises have occured. I have considered making up a cable that attaches to the tie-down rings on the stern as these seem to be in a strong area of the hull,what do you guys think and where do you connect? Thanks.

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I always use the tow hook on the back of the boat when pulling tubes. I have had as many as 4 tubes and 9 kids going at the same time. No issues what so ever with the amount of force being applied to the tow hook. Its also a little easier to whip the kids outside the wake when hooked to the back of the boat. Plus, you can use the back seat. The kids have a blast playing bumper cars when they go in and out of the wake.

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Hello to everyone-long time lurker,recent member,first post! First let me say what a wonderful resource this site has been for me-alot of good,useful info from people that obviously want to share their experiences and knowledge to help others with their Malibus. We have owned an '88 Skier since 2006 and it has been a great boat,we have taught all three of our kids to ski and wakeboard as well as our two neices and nephew. My question concerns where to tow tubes or other inflatables from? We often have multiples behind the boat due to friends/family that visit. I have used both the pylon and the towbar at the stern but have concerns about the amount of weight and drag applied to each. I am very gentle when starting out-make sure slack is out of towrope,no drop the hammer to W.O.T starts etc.. and so far no stress cracks or weird noises have occured. I have considered making up a cable that attaches to the tie-down rings on the stern as these seem to be in a strong area of the hull,what do you guys think and where do you connect? Thanks.

This topic has come up before, and IIRC, those D-rings, or tie-down rings, on the stern would

probably be the best tow point for large multiple-person tubes and/or multilple tubes. Technically,

the pylon is the strongest of the tow points. Next strongest is the tower, for those of us who

actually have a tower. The towbar/eye on the stern is the weakest point and, arguably, should

be avoided when pulling tubes.

Having said that, I'm pretty sure that every I/O on our lake pulls tubes, and everything else, from

the stern eye, and thats where I pulled from back in my I/O days. I never had an issue doing it

that way, and I'd be surprised if Malibu's stern eye is any weaker, structurally, than all of those

other boats.

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MalibuNation

I'd go with the rings on the back of the boat. Read the sticker on your pylon. I think they are made for one skier, wakeboarder, barefooter.

It's been discussed here b4 that towing tubes have broken the plyon.

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Two ropes:

One on each side where the stern eyes are.

I keep several Carabiners in my boat for such usage.

Clip on, clip off.

By having a rope coming from each side you would be amazed at how it keeps the ropes from tangling without a load.

Works for skiers, wakeboards, kneeboards, or rarely tubes.

One of my favorite things to do free style is tow two skiers at once. Or be towed with one of my buddies.

We have a little diddy where we ski from side to side in a slalom fashion in unison.

Lots of fun to do especially if we have an audience.

We make a couple of passes by the beach doing the coordinated slalom manuever.

Looking forward to doing it as soon as we get some decent temps.

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Okay-good info from everyone-I appreciate the quick replies,I may try using each stern eye and see how it works,thanks.

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