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    Is it ok to hook up to the hooks on the transom, I go about 250 lbs and I wounder if it will tear up my boat.The wood is good and I dont have any stress cracks back there.

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    Why don't you use a ski pylon...or what ever there called. I'd rather be tuggin on my motor that my transom.
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    i agree, but i ran off the hooks on by jetmate no problems (it only had 80 hp) thats only 125lbs on each hook thats not to much it really depends on what your doing with it 4 tubers, salom skier, wake boarders are all harder on them but, id still want a ski bar off the motor you break that and your still floating.
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    I've pulled people on tubes using the transom eyes.... With one of those deals that hooks to both sides & has that pulley thing in the middle that you attach the tow rope to. Probably not quite the same amount of stress compared to pulling an adult on skis I guess.... Although, my transom has been replaced just a few years ago, its a fresh 1 1/2" thick of wood back there so that may make a difference.

    I've got an actual ski tow, but I've never used it as I've never tied in the brace that bolts to the transom. (Its on the back of the boat, not the engine, you can see it in my sig pic) If you've got one that bolts to the engine, you may want to go ahead & use that...

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    As the boat accelerates, the transom will go down lowering you tow point,
    probably under the waterline. It might drag you in the water a little longer until the boat planes out a bit, especially on a single ski.

    I don't know if the transom hooks would work or not. Just something to think about.

    I'm about 280 and on a single ski, I just plow through the water. But, I can pop right up on doubles or a wakeboard.

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    When I skied at 250 pounds I could pull the back of the boat around off the transom hooks. The people in the boat did not like the feeling of the boat moving sideways if I hooked it hard to throw a BIG tail. I did break the rope a time or two and a ski once though. That was a 21 ft deep V Bayliner. We did not know any other way to tow. I would say it should hold if all is good and strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahitiRat View Post
    Is it ok to hook up to the hooks on the transom, I go about 250 lbs and I wounder if it will tear up my boat.The wood is good and I dont have any stress cracks back there.
    I have skied off the eyes on the transom (the trailer tie downs) and I have had no problem thus far, Except that it is harder to cut when the boat end of the rope is really low. I would never tow a tube using them uless it was some wussy in the tube. I dont know about you, but when people ride in a tube behind my boat I prefer they climb out of the water bug eyed, hard breathing and shaky in the knees. All that slacking and jerking spells great big hole in boat to me. Havent ever wakeboarded beind a jet boat, seems pointless to me, you have to have one of those deep draft, water chopping yuppie boats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 74glencoe View Post
    I have skied off the eyes on the transom (the trailer tie downs) and I have had no problem thus far, Except that it is harder to cut when the boat end of the rope is really low. I would never tow a tube using them uless it was some wussy in the tube. I dont know about you, but when people ride in a tube behind my boat I prefer they climb out of the water bug eyed, hard breathing and shaky in the knees. All that slacking and jerking spells great big hole in boat to me. Havent ever wakeboarded beind a jet boat, seems pointless to me, you have to have one of those deep draft, water chopping yuppie boats.
    you might want to note that your looking for a ski bar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty's pride View Post
    you might want to note that your looking for a ski bar
    You might want to recall that I am looking for a DIFFERENT ski tow, The one I am using just doesnt fit the intake manifold I have, and am having to use long bolts, which have bent.

    I still trust it more than the transom tie downs. Oh yeah, and Tom had exactly what I was directed to find.
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    what was that bar he had in the back ground it looked like it surounded the hole carb is was a ugly contraption. the one in the pic looked beat, why not just cut off the rod your having a problem with cut a new one to the right size weld it in. its on the cheap get it powder coated and be done with it. you did say the other three fit right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty's pride View Post
    what was that bar he had in the back ground it looked like it surounded the hole carb is was a ugly contraption. the one in the pic looked beat, why not just cut off the rod your having a problem with cut a new one to the right size weld it in. its on the cheap get it powder coated and be done with it. you did say the other three fit right?
    No, I am using the one in front of that contraption and both of the rods that bolted to the intake are to short, and from what rex told me its probably not a good idea on the olds motor anyway, So tom hooked it up with one that only bolts to the flywheel cover, and I am planning on get my headers re-chromed during this cold spell, so a powdercoat on the tow is no big deal.
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    My transom eyes are passed thru a 2x4 that spans my transom, I have towed amny people on them, as well as tubes full of kids.

    The only problem is that mine are only MAYBE a foot above the water at speed, rope drag on corners, especially from tubes.

    I wouldn't do it from 1/2" plywood, unless I added at least a piece of 3/4 on top of that 1/2, total wood thickness 1.25", and a span of at least 12" square.

    I normally tow from the "T" atop my transom, which is anchored thru a piece of 3/4 ply, but, it's a shear (siderways) pull, not a straight tension pull.
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    can u put up a pic of your interior, ill try to find a pic of what i did. using a outboard type ski pylon. to go up over the blower.

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    I think I will get a tow to bolt to my engine. I have been useing a deal like Devilman was talking about but on a single ski I pull hard on the boat and can easly change direction of the boat when I cut hard. The thing with the tow is it looks kind of lite to me I think I could bent it. Thanks to everyone for the info Eric

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