The weather is getting warmer. You hear the boat calling your name. Ready to plan vacation? The kids can't wait for time in the boat and what it can offer to them. It is important to have everything you need, before towing anyone.
New York State Law states that any vessel towing a water skier, parasail, towable tube or similar device must have their boater safety certificate on them as well as they must have a boat operator, observer or spotter 10 years or older in the boat. The hours in which you can ski or tow are between sunrise and sunset. Effective 2002 anyone towed by a vessel must wear a securely fastened coast guard approved floatation device.
Buying a towable is cheap entertainment. They are relatively inexpensive to buy and one size will fit most people. It is a simple to do and requires no technique to learn. All you need is just a little common sense to avoid any accidents.
Always look for the weight limit on the tube you buy. Make sure the rider knows all hand signals for fast, slow, go around again, or take me home. Your spotter/observer needs to know exactly what they need to look for. A driver must always stay on a safe path and pay attention to what is going on around you. Boats too close, don't go too close to shore, docks, rocks, and other water hazards. Before starting off with your rider, make sure they are ready and give you the thumbs up before going. If towing multiples, make sure the weight is distributed correctly, so if a large wave comes up, the lighter person is not flying off. Pulling multiples can also tangle the line more. This adds a risk of colliding, so always exercise caution. Crossing wakes and sharp turns at high speeds may be fun for some, but small children and others could get injured. Take all of this into consideration before you get behind the wheel.
When buying a tow rope, buy one that is right for what you are doing with it. Skiing, tubing etc. From experience this is important. I cannot tell you how many ropes we have gone through by not paying attention to the instructions.
Last but not least always pay attention to the regulations that govern the water you are in. Also wear your personal floatation device.
At Bass Pro Shops we always want you safe when you get outside to enjoy the weather. Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Camping is a wonderful experience just be safe when doing it.
Here are just a few tubes, skies, wakeboards, and kneeboards that might interest you. For more of a variety stop on by or visit www.basspro.com
The XPS 75' 8-section Water Ski Rope & Handle Combo handles the harsh conditions you give it, while it exceeds the 2375 pound WSIA weight conditions.
Bass Pro Shop XPS Revolution Kneeboard - Smooth easy ride with deep knee wells & padded belt for control
XPS Water Ski combo with Binding - Includes a slalom toe so you can drop a ski
Hydro Slide Wide Track Trainer Water Skis - Perfect trainer for a beginner
Hydro Slide Relic 142 Wakeboard Package - Great for all levels includes chaser bindings, ski rope, and handle
Last but not least don't forget your sunscreen and water. I can testify that if you are a operator or a spotter you will be in that boat for a very long time. Enjoy that time on the water.