Best way to tow a PWC I've seen

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quint4, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
  2. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    I would prefer it bet mounted on the center line in order to track better. Not sure how much the salt spray and diesel exhaust would make a mess of the PWC.
     
  3. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    I think that’s a really well thought out product.
     
  4. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Ok ..... That's neat.
     
  5. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Mikey Likes It!
     
  6. randmhall

    randmhall Member SILVER Sponsor

    268
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Towing is nice... But you are not supposed to tow most PWC without pinching off the cooling line. (According to the manual for my 4 stroke Yamaha VXR, and my older Sea Doo 2 stroke.) Yamaha even sells a custom hose clamp, it looks like a locking clothes-pin or a medical clamp.

    Most models have a cooling line that is pressurized by the forward motion of the watercraft. If it is not pinched closed or disconnected, it will first fill the exhaust pipe and manifold with water. Then possibly the engine block through the open exhaust valve in the cylinder. Towing is restricted to slow speed and/or limited distance without precautions.

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    Now for a cheap method - I tow mine with a piece of 1" pic pipe. Run a rope through it, with a snap hook on each end. First hook on the ski tow, or ransom tie down, other end on the bow of the wave runner. I use a 15' stick, it just fits in the floor locker of the Sun Deck, and keeps the PWC from ramming the boat when we stop. Runs just fine at 30 mph.
     
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Very cool. You can even tow two if you wish.

    MM
     
  8. Bop

    Bop Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    278
    Sep 3, 2013
    Georgian Bay/Lake Huron
    2001 410 Express, Highfield DL350 w/40hp Yamaha
    Cat 3126
    My friend bought that system and it self destructed the first trip. It cannot handle any sort of chop at all. Almost destroyed the PWC. This was the day he installed it.
     

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  9. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    135
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    Looks like a reasonable approach, but a couple of caveats...

    As previously mentioned, blocking off the water inlet is an absolute must. otherwise the engine will fill with water.

    Secondly, no way would I use those toggle bolts. The base plate needs to be thru-bolted out the bottom of the swim platform.

    Regardless, when we travel with the 'ski, one of the boys drives it to our sandbar. That way they get even more fun out of the day.
     
  10. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Blocking the water intake is common knowledge for those who tow PWCs. There are kits available to add a valve or you can just pinch the line.
     
  11. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Pics??
     
  12. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
  13. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Looks like a good kit to install. Should be standard equipment. Saves piching the hose. Less wear and tear on the hose over time.
     
  14. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    135
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    I would debate the "common knowledge" comment. It "should" be, but knowledge, like common sense, isn't so common any more.

    Mercury's newer OBs have all the necessary info on stickers mounted under the cowl. Their reasoning is that it is info that's needed to know, but people rarely read the owner's manuals.

    I have personally seen more than one PWC with water ingestion due to towing.

    The rope thru a PVC pipe, attached to a stern eye (not a cleat) is the best solution.
     
  15. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    222
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
    IMG_2161.jpg We tow our wave runner and our seadoo jet boat. In this pic just towing the boat and have the wave runner on the swim platform. Obviously towing on a long line works for us because we are on a lake.
    You all in open water I dont think would be such a good idea.

    We use a rope that is called " Dyneema Rope" it floats is super strong, and light weight we also use the same rope for our stern lines that go to the shore when on the hook.

    We have installed on both a shut off for the water intake. They are quick to shut off and do the job.
     
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  16. endless seas

    endless seas Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 13, 2008
    Baltimore,Maryland
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    Pretty neat but when towing a ski remember to block off the water intake or else.
     
  17. Boogaboo

    Boogaboo Member

    133
    May 28, 2010
    Lake Simcoe / Georgian Bay / Trent Severn Waterway
    '98 330 Sundancer
    2 x 454 MPI G-A-Z-O-L-I-N-E
    Hi Bop,
    I'm in the process of getting a Magic Marine Tow for ourselves and your comment about your friend's poor experience was brought to my attention by a follower on my Facebook Page. Is there any way I can speak directly to your buddy to learn more and to see what the manufacturer did or didn't do to make things right??
    I'm looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks, Paul.
    #Boogaboo
     
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  18. boatrboy

    boatrboy Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Orange, CT
    1999 270 Da
    7.4 MPI w/B3
    I was just about to say it looks nice on FLAT water. I was skeptical on what would happen with a three ft chop??
    Maybe it's just the engineer in me - always looking at what's wrong rather than what's right :)
     

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