locking double handled rope wanted

Hi,
My Mom is 79 and still skiing like a champ. The problem we have is she has always used a special double handled rope with a locking mechanism in the middle that allows a person to get up with it together then separate it into two handles. This handle has finally broke and I can not find another one anywhere. Understand it is probably 40 years old so this is not a surprise.
Does anyone know where I might find one of these?
GregHindOldboyII

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  • skialexskialex Posts: 591 Solid Baller
    If the bars are ok you can restring it
  • WishWish Posts: 6,809 Mega Baller
    edited August 2017
    kdwatersports.com and go to ropes and handles. You will find a double handle. Not sure if it locks or if the ship to the states.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 634 Crazy Baller
    or check ebay or do some googling.
    You'll find double handles, but I don't think you'll find the locking handles. A few other posts around the 'net of people asking, but no success stories.
    I'm guessing it was closer to 50 years old than 40!
  • zanderballofsprayzanderballofspray Posts: 4 Baller
    Thanks for the ideas guys. Unfortunately the metal fatigued and the locking mechanism broke so no luck restringing it. You may be right about it being almost 50 years old now that I think about it. Will keep looking. Thanks again.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,649 Mega Baller
    Found the patent, maybe you can have a machine shop make you one from the drawings. Doesn't look super complicated.
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3196825
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    OldboyIIMichaelGoodmangsm_peter
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 879 Crazy Baller
    I grew up with two (wooden) handles. I understand the appeal of it accommodating a natural hand position about 90 degrees to each other, but if that's the benefit, why connect them at all? Other than that is what mom has always used factor.
  • ntxntx Posts: 764 Crazy Baller
    Wow. That goes back to the days of putting a 4 inch wide piece of foam around our waist for flotation. We had the same handle configuration about 45 years ago. Amazing that it lasted this long. They sure don't make things the way they used to.
  • zanderballofsprayzanderballofspray Posts: 4 Baller
    Thanks for all the input everyone. We have a couple of sets of double handles (one set are the old wood ones) but Mom has gotten used to putting the handles together to get up. When you are almost 80 it is hard to start making changes to how you get out of the water on a ski. And yes it is possible she also straps a piece of foam around her waist for flotation. Heaven help us if she ever hits her head.
    Good idea about using the patent info to have a set made. Thanks for the idea and the link.
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,216 Crazy Baller
    a good machine shop could probably rebuild or refurbish the locking mechanism on the handle you already have.
  • ntxntx Posts: 764 Crazy Baller
    @mwetskier a good machine shop will charge between 75-100 per hour. How bad do you want that handel rebuilt???
  • spicolispicoli Posts: 109 Baller
    edited August 2017
    Yea I had that same handle and real just thru it away 2 mths ago you could stick together and twist and lock that is back in the day I imagine they did the course with double
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,216 Crazy Baller
    @ntx-i can't speak for @zanderballofspray but i love my mother such that money would not be an object in a case like this. hows your mom doing?

    @spicoli -back when i had one of these in my ski shed the people who used them usually separated them for their deep water starts so the ski was centered in the vee bridle and then locked them together for actual skiing but that was just the people i skied with and i never skied with @zanderballofspray s mom.
    oldjeepOrlando76
  • WayneWayne Posts: 382 Baller
    My parents had one. If I can find it @zanderballofspray I'll send you a message.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,169 Mega Baller
    edited January 12
    My dad back in the 60s could not understand why I wanted a single handle rope. We went around and around one summer about it and one day while shopping in Montgomery wards ( also was my bday) dad bought me a western wood Mike Syderhoud slalom ski and that lock together handle set up. Still have the ski, handle went in the scrap many years ago.


    Very cool your mother still skiing at age 80! Grip it and rip it mom!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


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