Towing two tubes question

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by SeaNile, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. SeaNile

    SeaNile Member

    368
    Aug 16, 2010
    West Chester, PA
    2005 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck w/496
    Mercruiser 496 MAG
    How do you guys pull multiple tubes with your boat? Specifically how do you attach the tube ropes to the boat? Do you attach both tube ropes to the ski eye hook on the stern? I'm wondering if both ropes will fit on the ski eye.
     
  2. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    i have not personally done this but i think you would want to use the hooks in the rear corners of the hull instead of the ski rope eye....this way the two tube ropes would stay separated thus allowing the tubes to stay separated as well....

    cliff
     
  3. Smile Maker

    Smile Maker Member

    228
    Apr 22, 2008
    Guntersville AL
    06 220 SD 5.0L
    5.0L MPI Alpha I
    I quit pulling two tubes two years ago, after a rope got some slack and nearly wrapped around the neck of my friend's kid.

    :wow:

    The tubes and ropes were identical, but the weight of kids on the tubes was disparate.

    The kids aren't happy about it, but not worth the risk to me.

    edited to add: I had both ropes hooked to the eye.
     
  4. robbo8199

    robbo8199 New Member

    59
    Aug 3, 2010
    Houston
    1995 Sea Ray 175
    Mercruiser 3.0LX Alpha One
    I have not attached 2 tubes at a time before but I agree with Cliff that I would use the hooks in the rear corners. I have what I believe is called a Ski Bridle that I attach to those hooks when I pull anything instead of using the ski rope eye.
     
  5. Dave 205

    Dave 205 New Member

    449
    Mar 15, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    2006 205 Sport, Shorelander Trailer. Towed by 2012 Ford F-150 Supercrew 5.0 with factory tow package
    Mercruiser 5.0 220 HP Carb w/ Alpha 1 Drive
    My newb year we pulled two tubes using the stern eyes (tie down eyes at the corners) without incident. But, I think somebody on this forum embedded a You Tube video showing a tube collision where the riders ended up neatly transferring tubes after a hard collision with bodies flying. Cool, but lucky nobody was hurt.

    Two tubes with no helmets is a nasty head collision waiting to happen. Risky enough with multiple riders on one tube. We don't do two tubes anymore.
     
  6. SeaNile

    SeaNile Member

    368
    Aug 16, 2010
    West Chester, PA
    2005 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck w/496
    Mercruiser 496 MAG
    I hear you guys about the dangers involved with pulling two tubes. When we pull 2 it'll be kids and we will be going slow and no zig-zags for crazy rides.
     
  7. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    not the eye hook but one to the starboard and one to the port hooks when i did it.
     
  8. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    Are you sure you can tow more than one tube at a time? :huh:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. beernutz

    beernutz Member

    427
    Aug 16, 2009
    Mobile, AL
    2000 190 Signature BR
    5.0L EFI 240 hp Mercruiser
    Just get a bigger tube
    [​IMG]
     
  10. dutchman

    dutchman Member

    167
    Aug 26, 2009
    Alberta
    2016 GTS185
    Merc 4.5L MPI 200
    There's nothing wrong with pulling multiple tubes, you just have to use some common sense and drive accordingly, keeping everyone safe.
    I pull 2 tubes using the eye. There are pros and cons on both options.
    Using the eye, the tubes bump together which is part of the fun.
    If the tubes are attached at the corners, it will keep them apart when running in a straight line. But when zig zagging, one tube will be 5 ft ahead of the other and ropes become more dangerous.
     
  11. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I have pulled two tubes from the center tow eye just fine when I had both my 210SD and then later my 240SD. You do need to make sure that both of your tow ropes are the same length and I would also have two identical tubes if at all possible. I would also restrict each tube to a single person of similar weight if possible. Pulling anyone on a towable is a serious responsibility for the boat operator and pulling two tubes (should) put an even greater concern on the part of the operator. If you are going to be pulling them thru turns just be aware they will move at different speeds and can easily crash into one another. You just to need to be extra careful when you do this so no one gets hurt.

    Dave
     
  12. ThorSen

    ThorSen Member

    115
    Aug 17, 2017
    Western North Carolina
    2018 SPX 190 OUTBOARD 150
    150 4-stroke Mercury outboard
    This thread contains some good input from y’all so, hope no one minds, I’m resurrecting this thread rather than starting a new one ...

    Question: is anyone aware of a pre-rigged “Y”-configured tow rope system, in order to more safely pull 2 separate tubes off one connection point at the rear of the boat?

    Or, has anyone rigged something similar, yourself?

    (Imagine a tow rope which, 60’ out from back of the boat “splits” into two 15’ lengths — allows the tubes to “bump” alongside each other at low speeds, while preventing either tube from getting out in front of the other ... it works.)

    Learning from the mistakes, err, experiences of others, we’re not at all keen on any more than one rope connected to the back of our boat when pulling two towable tubes (two separate ropes off back of boat sets the stage for excesssive staggering of towables when turning, not to mention the possibility of someone getting clotheslined (ouch!)

    I imagine it’ll be easy enough to buy an extra length of tow rope and make our own “Y”-configured rope system; however; out of curiosity, I have been looking to see if anyone (like Airhead or O'Brien, etc.) manufactures one, ready-made; and, I’m coming up completely empty searching the internet so, just thought I’d ask here.

    (We are REALLY getting excited about the grandkids’ next summer visit and we’re doing a lot of online “window shopping” of towables, ropes, harnesses, etc. now ha-ha ! :)
     
  13. searay205

    searay205 Member

    52
    Nov 27, 2016
    Houston
    2011 Searay sport
    5.0MPI Catalyst
    Pulling two tubes sounds fun, or two kneeboards. Its all fun and games until the skulls crack together. Water is not predictable, you don't know when a wake is coming or going, what direction tubers are looking or holding. Recipe for disaster. I used to do that stupid shit. As a result my friends and I suffered 3 pinched nerves in kneck, 1 cracked vertebrae, lasting damage including kneck surgery. Tubes are the most dangerous items on the water, riders have zero control, they are at the mercy of the driver and everything else. Looking back now that I am older I wished I would have never gotten one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh forgot multiple teeth knocked out and stiches. Didn't happen at the same time but over a 3 year span. If you have to pull a tube stay under 15 mph.
     
  14. dutchman

    dutchman Member

    167
    Aug 26, 2009
    Alberta
    2016 GTS185
    Merc 4.5L MPI 200
    Thorsen.............that's an interesting idea. Haven't seen that set up before, but would be easy to make something up. Not sure how it would work since the tubes would pretty much be touching each other all the time.

    We always pull 2 tubes from the center ski eye. Regardless of tube position, it's tough to get one in front of the other. I drive with a "nice" zigzag pattern and get the tubes back an forth over the wake, without any problem, and without any concern of getting hurt. Believe me, I have strict instructions when pulling the wives around. :eek:
    The driver is the one that controls the tube movement and with proper driving (which includes speed), it's perfectly safe. When us adult kids get on, we still use a safe speed, "bump" into each other, and that's part of the fun. Heck, many times I've jumped from my tube onto the other one, always good for a surprising good laugh.

    As for getting hurt, like the post above, that is not the tubes fault. Sorry to say, but if you sustained those injuries while tubing, you guys were the problem. There's always one boat doing donuts, high speeds, and all we see is arms and legs flying around. Driving like an idiot, whipping people around at mach2, will usually not end well. I agree that is a recipe for disaster. However, there is a perfectly safe way to use a tube.
     
  15. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Member

    102
    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 SeaRay 205 Sport
    2008 GMC Envoy
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    Have been pulling two tubes for years. No injuries stitches or missing teeth. Just lots of fun. Stupid luck I guess. Maybe some common sense thrown in.
     
  16. searay205

    searay205 Member

    52
    Nov 27, 2016
    Houston
    2011 Searay sport
    5.0MPI Catalyst
    I totally agree it was mine and all our own faults. I don't blame the tube or boat. I just say you own the people you are pulling and if they get hurt YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE. People on the tube can't go faster it is the driver which does that....
     
  17. ThorSen

    ThorSen Member

    115
    Aug 17, 2017
    Western North Carolina
    2018 SPX 190 OUTBOARD 150
    150 4-stroke Mercury outboard
    I talked to my neighbor who confirms he did not make the “Y”-system tow rope he allowed us to enjoy last season but, having acquired it some years ago, he can’t remember where he picked it.

    dutchman, I agree it shouldn’t be too hard to devise my own and I am up for it (it’s just it seems I am buried by fabrication projects already (most non-marine related)

    so, my “hunt” for a retail available “Y”-tow rope continues :)
     
  18. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    586
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    If you have 3 strand rope, you could splice in a piece to make the “Y”

    If it’s braided rope, a sheetbend knot at the split for the “Y” could do it.
     

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