Beginners Guide to Buying a Towable Tube Tow Rope
Using the wrong type of rope with your Towable Tube can cause serious injury so please read this article carefully.
Towable Tube Ropes are designed to take heavy stresses as the line repeatedly gets loaded and then goes slack again. They are also designed to pull the combined weight of multiple riders at high speeds, which puts a huge amount of strain on the rope. The characteristics and tensile strength of a Tubing Tow Rope are therefore highly specialised and the type of rope you can buy by the metre in DIY and hardware stores is not the same thing.
Towable Tube Ropes are typically 50-60 feet long, which gives the perfect amount of momentum when towing the speed freaks in the family. However, we recommend that younger riders and the less confident should be towed at a much slower speeds in order to prevent them from gaining excessive momentum as they pass across the boat's wake. Being "out on the whip" and skimming the water is great fun for adrenaline junkies but can be terrifying for other people. Tube speed (and rider enjoyment) is all down to the driver and so always keep things at an appropriate level - 20 knots maximum for adults, 10 knots maximum for the youngsters and the less confident.
The most important factor when buying a Towable Tube Rope is knowing its rating. This is based on its "break strength" (a mathematical minefield) so to simplify things all manufacturers clearly state what the rating of their individual ropes are by the number of riders. Choosing a rope with too low a break strength could cause it to suddenly snap under load and recoil back into the boat at high speed (not pleasant). The table below will help you decide which rope you need.
Recommended Tow Ropes
1 Rider Towables
|Rated for 1-2 Riders|
2 Rider Towables
|Rated for 1-2 Riders|
3 Rider Towables
|Rated for 3-4 Riders|
4 Rider Towables
|Rated for 3-4 Riders|
If you have a RIB or your boat has an outboard motor and twin D-Rings then you will need a Tow Bridle or a Towing Harness. Tow Bridles simply connect to the two D-Ring tow points on the stern of your boat and form a "Y" shape from which the tow rope is then attached. Most tow harnesses have an integral float to prevent them from sinking and coming in contact with the boat's prop. Some also have a pulley to spread the load evenly between the two D-Rings. See our full range of Tow Bridles & Hanesses here.
If you have recently purchased a Towable Tube for the first time then please read our Towable Tube Inflation Guide which will give you some invaluable hints and tips on how to remain safe and prolong the life of your tube. Also consider getting a Ski Mirror so that you can always see what's going on behind you.
|High Performance||This is a high performance product that is built to high quality standards|
|For 1 or 2 Rider Towables||Strong enough for 1 or 2 rider towables|
|Up To 2 Rider Towables||Strong enough for up to 2 rider towables|
|Up To 3 Rider Towables||Strong enough for up to 3 rider towables|
|Up To 4 Rider Towables||Strong enough for up to 4 rider towables|
|Up To 6 Rider Towables||Strong enough for up to 6 rider towables|
|Floating Rope||Rope that naturally floats to keep everything visible and above the water and away from your prop|
|Integral Loop||Integral loop at each end for quick and easy attachment|
|Integrated Foam Float||Soft integrated foam float keep everything above the water and away from your prop|
|Break Strength 2375lbs||Break strength of 2375lbs making it perfect for 1 or 2 rider towables|
|Break Strength 2500lbs||Break strength of 2500lbs making it perfect for 1 or 2 rider towables|
|Break strength 3500lbs||Break strength of 3500lbs making it perfect for up to 3 rider towables|
|Break strength 4000lbs||Break strength of 3500lbs making it perfect for up to 3 rider towables|
|Break strength 4100lbs||Break strength of 4100lbs making it perfect for up to 4 rider towables|
|Break strength 4150lbs||Break strength of 4150lbs making it perfect for up to 4 rider towables|
|Break strength 4500lbs||Break strength of 4500lbs making it perfect for up to 4 rider towables|
|Break strength 5600lbs||Break strength of 5600lbs making it perfect for up to 5 rider towables|
|Break strength 6100lbs||Break strength of 6100lbs making it perfect for up to 6 rider towables|
|Ultra Durable||Designed to take all of the abuse you can throw at it|
|Double Braided Rope||Double braided rope is Poly rope wound around a nylon core for high strength with good shock absorption|
|Integrated Handle Floats||Soft integrated foam floats keep everything above the water and away from your prop|
|Low Stretch Poly Line||Wound from Polyethelyne (aka Poly) which is a very forgiving monofilament fibre that is resistant to abrasion and floats well|
|PU Coated Line||The line is PU coated which is a full polyurethane covering that makes the line water resistant and flexible and tangle-free|
|Tangle Free Main Line||The line is constructed in a handy way that prevents it from tangling when not in use|
We hope you found this article useful but if you have a question that is not covered here or you just need some advice then please do get in touch and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you.
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