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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quint4, Feb 26, 2019.
This looks really good. Wish it wasn't 3k but may be worth it.
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.
I think that’s a really well thought out product.
Ok ..... That's neat.
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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.
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.
Very cool. You can even tow two if you wish.
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.
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.
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.
Looks like a good kit to install. Should be standard equipment. Saves piching the hose. Less wear and tear on the hose over time.
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.
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.
Pretty neat but when towing a ski remember to block off the water intake or else.
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.
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