Boating enthusiasts often love to add an element of fun to their water-based activity. Among these fun elements, towed water sports are a popular option. And when you have a pontoon boat, this becomes all the more exciting and easy. With a large deck, pontoon boats offer ample space to accommodate multiple water sports activities, and attaching a tube tow rope to them is not as complicated as it seems. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Choose the Right Rope
When attaching a tube tow rope to a pontoon boat, the first step is to choose the right rope. Not all ropes are suitable for towing sports, so make sure you select one that is specifically designed for this purpose, and features a strong and durable construction.
Step 2: Locate a Suitable Tow Point
The next step is to locate a suitable tow point on your pontoon boat. Generally, the most suitable location for tow points is on either side of the boat near the stern area. Look for fittings or eye bolts designed for this purpose, and if your pontoon boat doesn’t have them, you can easily install them yourself.
Step 3: Attach the Rope to the Tow Point
Once you have located the tow points, you can then attach the rope to them. Start by threading one end of the rope through the tow point, and then bring it back towards the tube side. Tie a knot to secure the rope to the tow point. Make sure you double-check the knot is secure before attaching the tube.
Step 4: Attach the Rope to the Tube
Now it’s time to attach the other end of the rope to the tube. Place the end of the rope through the tube’s tow point, and tie a bowline knot to secure it. Ensure that you tie the knot tightly enough to hold the tube in place but not too tight that it becomes difficult to untie when it’s time to take the tube off.
Step 5: Double-Check Everything
Once you’ve secured both ends of the rope, you should take a moment to double-check that everything is correctly in place. Ensure the knot is tied properly and that the rope and the tube are not tangled. Also, check to make sure that the tube is inflated correctly.
Attaching a tube tow rope to a pontoon boat is a simple and straightforward process. With the right rope, a suitable tow point, and secure knots, you’ll be able to enjoy your towable sports safely with hours of fun. Ensure everyone on board the boat and the towed person/tube follows safety guidelines and wear proper safety gear while boating in the water.