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malibu owners - use center tow hook in rear for family tube?

sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
edited July 2016 in Boat Talk
Hoping to be a new (or new to me) malibu owner soon. See other open bow threads for details. Will probably need to tow my teen kids on a tube thing (two or three person tow behind), and was thinking I would like to do it from a center rear tow hook. I see there is something like that there in connection with kind of a center rear handle on the 98-99 era RLx's I am looking at, but it doesn't look the same as some of the other rear center tow hooks I have seen. Have you guys used that for tubing? I would rather do that than hook it to the tow pylon so I can have kids sit in the back on the bench.

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  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2016
    Yes for sure
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    edited July 2016
    @UWSkier well, yes I agree. And I particularly loathe this radar branded towable we now have. But I consider it a cost of ownership of a towboat for me and the other skiers in my family the rest of the time. :)
    TallSkinnyGuy
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,594 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    In-laws tow a big Mable on their tow hook with no issues. Used to tow from pylon until a snapped rope got my mother inlaw upside the head.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    sunvalleylaw
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,961 Mega Baller
    Should be just fine to use the stern hook. I've towed with mine (2009 LX) with no issues.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    edited July 2016
    I was thinking more about it and was thinking I might just get one of those harnesses that attaches to the outside tow hoops. . It would spread the weight and the harness might be more likely to break As opposed to all the pressure on one central Tow hook. I am probably overthinking this But towing this thing is what pulled the tow pylon out of my old outboard.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,038 Mega Baller
    I have always used the pylon.
    Mark Shaffer
  • pumpinpetepumpinpete Posts: 37 Baller
    General rule I follow is use a bridle (like old school outboard - no pole) between stern eyes. Very high loads with tube, particularly multi person types. Running block on bridle will centre load.
  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 547 Crazy Baller
    I always use the center tow hook in the back of my MC for towing a tube. It is attached to a metal plate on the other side of the fiberglass and it allows people to site on the back bench. Works great. Though I wish I did not ever have to pull a tube.
    sunvalleylaw
  • DmaxJC_skiDmaxJC_ski Posts: 346 Solid Baller
    Malibu dealer told me to only use the hook for tubes. I've had no issues. Other than the wear and tear on my patience having to tow a tube...
    sunvalleylaw
  • lantleylantley Posts: 60
    Just don't tow it through a previously calm cove with a slalom skier waiting to get back up at the end... happened to me today :angry::wink:
    If you don't crash, then you ain't trying hard enough!
    scotchipmanBulldogsunvalleylaw
  • WayneWayne Posts: 508 Solid Baller
    Unfortunately a tube is a necessary evil. If you have a big group of people throwing a multi person inflatable out back is the best thing to have a high fun factor per gallon of gas. Usually when you have to break out a tube it's when the lake would not be good for slalom anyway.

    I've towed a 100 inch circular tube with 5 adults on it from both the pylon and the rear center tow point with no issues. It's been a while since we used that thing but it was a more "fun" ride from the pylon since I could swing it more.

    Gees I hated to admit that.
    sunvalleylaw
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    edited July 2016
    No worries on me towing it through a calm cove. If there is a calm cove we will ski it. I tell my kids we will tube later after they ski or board. And on the high mountain lakes there is plenty of rough water time in the afternoon anyway. ;)

    Thanks for the continued input on towing!
  • bbruzzesebbruzzese Posts: 127 Baller
    I've never used it but I just had this conversation with my dealer a few weeks ago...that's what it's there for...so for those days when you've got a lot of people in the boat, are using the rear seat and need to get the rope behind them...your not likely to hurt anything.
    sunvalleylaw
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 369 Solid Baller
    Using the rear tow ring is the only way I sold buying a 2015 200 to my wife (instead of a legit family boat). Doing so gets the rope out of the way and opens up the boat.

    Take a length of rope out of an old slalom rope (the 39 segment works well - sadly because I can't touch that rope length so its new). Use this section as an extension onto a tubing rope and run it through the rear tow ring. If you want to get fancy use a climbing carabineer and you can snap the segment onto the tubing rope.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
    sunvalleylaw
  • WayneWayne Posts: 508 Solid Baller
    I thought to use the rear tow hook on a Malibu you just ran the rope loop over the top of the bar then hooked it on the little finger thingy sticking down? That's how I've always done it and never had one come off unintentionally.
    DmaxJC_ski
  • WayneWayne Posts: 508 Solid Baller

    This is what I was talking about, rope goes over the bar and the open loop goes around the finger. No metal objects necessary for attaching the rope.
    sunvalleylawMISkier
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,406 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Use heavy duty TUBE tow rope (not a ski rope) and make sure they are in good condition. Replace often they are cheap insurance. A snapped tube rope under load can really nail someone in the boat.
    I've had 12 teens on each of 2 big mable type tubes simultaneously and had both on the pylon of a '91 Ski Centurion. You would be fine on the rear eye as well. I do like the tracking advantage of the pylon.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    @Wayne that is the only "center hook" I have seen on this era Bu's. So I presume this is what everyone means by the center hook for these Malibus. Based on the input here, I will probably use this center hook using a tube towing rope at first and see if I need to move it to the pylon to keep the rope out of the wake and to whip folks well. I like to have people on the edge of rolling where they have to fight to stay on, and don't like to force people off too hard, unless it is time for them to be done and they deserve it. ;) I used the old pylon in my old outboard, but that pylon was in the rear of the boat, just ahead of the outboard.
  • WayneWayne Posts: 508 Solid Baller
    @sunvalleylaw sorry for the over explanation, was trying to convey that there is nothing special needed to hook a rope up to transom bar since people were mentioning carabiners.

    Have fun. After breaking 40 years of age, tubes beat me up. Actually I came to that conclusion 5 years ago but they were fun to have along when we went to the big lakes in KY and TN 10+ years ago for week long vacations. We had so many opportunities for good skiing we needed something to give our backs a break every couple days.
    sunvalleylaw
  • hemlockhemlock Posts: 172 Baller
    Personally, I wouldn't tow anything unless it's on the main pylon. Heard stories of gelcoat cracking when towing from the center rear hook.
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 369 Solid Baller

    Probably need to clarify my post about the carabineer. Definitely don't want anyone to get hurt. I'm assuming that the rear tow hook is designed for towing, the tube rope (and the extension) is rated for the tube load ( I double up the extension), AND use a climbing carabineer and not something cheap from Home Depot. Another bonus is being able to hook the tube to the back of the boat for ease of transport when no one is tubing.

    All I know is this makes my family happy and I get to own a nice slalom boat.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
    sunvalleylaw
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