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Attaching tow rope to pontoon eyes for tubing

Capt Steve in 2013 posted this, 
  •  The recommendation is that you purchase a "Y" harness and attach to the pontoon tube eyes for tubing. You CAN use the existing tow bar for skiing.

    We purchased a 2013 Sweetwater Tuscany and I contacted Godfrey via email asking if it was safe to attached the Y harness to the tube eyes for tubing and here is the answer I received from J.R. Summey the Godfrey rep:

    "You could check with your dealer to see if it has ski tow bar option, they would need the boat serial # to see if one is available"

  • So which is it? Attach the tow rope for tubing to a ski tow bar or to the pontoon eyes?


  • CRF
    CRF Member Posts: 191 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2016
    I have towed kids in a tube and adults just for fun just using the pontoon eyes with a Y-bridle. I have a small motor anyway. If you are going to tow serious skiers or wakeboarders I would see if there's a ski-tow bar  available.
  • Boomer
    Boomer Member Posts: 307 ✭✭✭
    Most Y harness won't fit through the eyes on the pontoon you need to put a shackle on the tubes and don't forget to run a wire through the shackle bolt so it won't back out. 
  • Boomer
    Boomer Member Posts: 307 ✭✭✭
    Also Ski Bars are for Skis not tubes there is to much drag and dealer says you could bend it also states it on the ski bar

  • Ddancers
    Ddancers Member Posts: 110 ✭✭
    My dealer assured me that I can use the ski bar for tubing. Have only used it twice for tubing, but had no problem. My dealer rents out a least a half dozen Sweetwaters with the same ski bar, and they rent the tubes as well which are used often. Told me they been doing so for years with no issues. I would just keep it two adults max but I'm sure others have gone beyond that.
  • Toddler65
    Toddler65 Member Posts: 12
    I would get it in writing from the dealer. If the tow bar is bent from tubing the manufacturer will not warranty it. Cover your bases.
  • Ddancers
    Ddancers Member Posts: 110 ✭✭

    You're exactly right if it bends you need to foot the cost, and I know the dealer is not going to sign anything stating it's ok, but I asked and that was his opinion.

    On our lake I estimate that I've seen at least 6 dealer boats, another 12 to 15 Sweetwater, and at least 4 Aqua Patio pontoons pulling tubes with the standard tow bar. I don’t know if anyone has had an issue, but I’m convince if you tube with two or less adults or 3 or less small kids you won’t have an issue. If I do, I would not try to get it replaced under warranty I’d just buy another at cost.  Attaching to eye means you likely need a center float ball to keep rope above water, and an upgrade bar I believe is over $900. It’s a personal decision, and I’ve only use mine twice and no problem yet.