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    How’s everyone feel about towing in the water? If you're running a low freeboard boat and helping another boater out by towing them in. This weekend I came across an outboard just stuck in the middle of the lake. I felt bad for the guy and offered to tow him in. I told him you may get a little steam back there. He didn’t mind. I didn’t want to be hauling ass across the lake but I also didn’t want to go too slow and overheat or worry about reversion. My t valve doesn’t open until 2K so I kept it at 1500-1800 and it ran about 180*. what worried me the most is the A$$ holes in their bayliners/wakeboard boats blowing right by us. We had a flag up and the whole nine yards but those idiots didn’t really seem to care. Is it a bad idea to tow with a low free board boat?

    He was a really nice guy, we had actually raced in the morning. I just saw him stranded out there and everyone just passing him by.


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    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    Just my .02 One of the biggest problems with smaller power boats is it does not take too much money and many times little brains to get on the water with one. It is positive your helping the guy out. Good to hear the inconsiderate individuals around you did not cause any more problems than it did. Hopefully they will not hurt anyone while gaining a little common sense.

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    That is awesome you helped. I lost the motor once in my old Eliminator several years ago out front of the Avi. Every wakeboard boat out there just blew by my as I flagged them for help. One guy even said he would look to see if I was still out there after they got some skiing done. WTF!? The current was so strong it was pushing me down fast too. I was so pissed. Luckily my Father-in-law was able to find me. I was so far down at that point it took over an hour to tow it back....I just couldn't believe that nobody else with their big nice boats would take the time to help out.....
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    If I had a prop, I would tow anyone anywhere. I got a jet, I will tow someone to get them out of danger or to a safe spot. I wont tow someone up river 2-3 miles. I will get them to a beach and off a ride to some friends or camp. By no means will I just pass by if someone is flagging down for help.


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    I've towed 3 times, 2 miles or less, boats as big as 24'.....with a v-drive hydro and not had a problem....and i don't have a ski tow. I tied the rope
    to the tunnel ram and idled on in.
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    Default Common boat law

    It used to be you always help a fellow boater in distress. And you still should, even if they just need a beer. And when I wave at you, it is okay to wave back. Try to keep the water a friendly place.

    I have been towed by great people, and passed by a$$holes that pretend not to see me, and done my share of towing others. However, I'm usually the broken one.

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    I'm all for helping people out. I have just heard stories of people helping other guys out and being swamped doing so.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    i am also intersted in what everyone has to say about towing in low freeboard boats.



    but the real question everyone wants to know is.........who won the race?

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    I have towed in a stranded boater many times with the boat in my avitar and others I have owned. Anybody that would ignore a stranded boat should find another hobby and don't ever consider yourself a boater. Yeah my motor got hot and my headers picked up a new blue color but I sure as hell was not going to leave a stranded boat and sleep well that night. I was raised around boating and have been doing it for over 35 years and the last guy I towed in was about 2 miles from his ramp and once we got the boat to the dock he offered me some money and my response was, No thanks just do the same for somebody else some day. Mark

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    [QUOTE=Nixonnow;1446237]i am also intersted in what everyone has to say about towing in low freeboard boats.



    but the real question everyone wants to know is.........who won the race?[/QUOTE]


    Surprisingly enough I did. In his defense he had one other person in the boat. It was just me in mine. It's all in good fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    I have towed in a stranded boater many times with the boat in my avitar and others I have owned. Anybody that would ignore a stranded boat should find another hobby and don't ever consider yourself a boater. Yeah my motor got hot and my headers picked up a new blue color but I sure as hell was not going to leave a stranded boat and sleep well that night. I was raised around boating and have been doing it for over 35 years and the last guy I towed in was about 2 miles from his ramp and once we got the boat to the dock he offered me some money and my response was, No thanks just do the same for somebody else some day. Mark

    Exactly. He offered Money also, I told him no thanks I have been in that position before and we'll have a beer later.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    im usually at the other end of the rope... and its always very appreciated!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 84Condor View Post
    im usually at the other end of the rope... and its always very appreciated!!
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    cool cjit robert i did it myself tyhis past weekend and was not to happy to do so cause the strain on my pump but carma is a bitch and now hopefully she will leave me a stress free summer

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    Tow with their rope, legal issue. All people have life jackets on.

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