While wakeboarding may get the TELEVISION coverage on ESPN2, many boaters in America are hauling tubes for household fun. Ideal for all members of the family, tubes are among the most popular types of towables on the market today. They’re readily available in a large range of shapes and sizes, however all are developed with a single objective in mind: on-water enjoyment.
- Single-rider tubes are developed for someone at a time and have the tendency to be high-performance products. They’re really maneuverable and well suited for tricks, leaping, and flying at high speeds. They can safely use basic strength ski tube towing line and a basic towing harness. Single-rider tubes are usually more economical and simpler to save than other tubes.
- The double, simply as it sounds, carries two individuals and is a compromise between a single-rider tube and true multi-rider styles. They permit a bit less speed and are a little less agile than songs.
- Multi-rider tubes accommodate two to six individuals, depending on style. Multi-rider tubes are fantastic for households that want to pull a group of kids or for fun-loving adults who just want to mess around. Naturally they are larger, slower and heavier than single-rider designs and typically aren’t designed for technique riding. Multi-rider water ski tubes are more expensive and bulkier to save. Multi-person tubes typically need a durable tow line and towing harness and owners need to always pay careful focus on weight and stress limitations. Making certain that riders’ weight in television is dispersed and balanced appropriately.
- A basic tube is similar to the old-fashioned inner tube, but with upgraded technology. It may or may not have a floor on the inside the hole and will have deals with on top. Standard tubes are available in both single and multi-rider styles.
- Deck tubes are flat tubes that look like mattress or an inflatable bed. They generally have handles forward near the edges and are good for high-speed towing.
- The banana or hotdog tube (or sled) is among the most popular multi-rider designs. As the name indicates, these tubes are long, rocket-shaped cylinders that riders straddle. These are among the fastest multi-rider tubes.
- A ride-in tube resembles a little boat in that it nestles the rider. There many other water tube designs that resist categorization, including stand-up chariots, inflatable kneeboards, ride-on-top jet skis and hydrofoil boats.
Regardless of the tube you choose, remember that safety is the first priority. Coast Guard-approved individual floatation device (PFD) are a should for each individual at all times. Always use a spotter in the boat. Do not try “extreme” tricks or stunts that need improper use of your tube. Know the capabilities and constraints of your tube and riders. Pick tubes, activities and speeds that are age proper for the rider. (A lot of tubes are not created for use by children under six years of age.) Follow the producer’s limits and specs relating to the variety of riders, maximum size/weight, and top pulling speed. As a general rule, keep your speed under 10 miles per hour when hauling kids less than 12 years of ages. Tow just in designated areas or spaces away from natural dangers and 50 yards from other boaters.