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Re: airboat towing

Postby nomad41 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:47 pm

If you use muletape. Its light super strong,takes up hardly any space. and if it should breaker it will drop straight down.No snapping into you or the prop. I carry 7 100 ft pieces. Takes up the space of a 30 ft. rope.
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Re: airboat towing

Postby Big Gobbler » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:04 pm

BEEN TOWING BOATS ALL OF MY LIFE. I PERSONALLY TYE OFF TO THE TOP OF MY DIAMONDBACK CAGE TO THE FRONT OF THE BOAT BEING TOWED.
SCOTT SNIVELY CALLED ME ONE NITE SEVERAL YEARS AGO, HIS BOSS HAD SUNK HIS 16 FOOT COTTONMOUTH WITH A 260 LYCOMING IN THE PIG TRAIL BY NORTH COVE. IT WAS WAY AFTER DARK WHEN WE GOT THERE NUTHING BUT 6 INCHES OF GRASS RAKE AND 6 INCHES OF CAGE SHOWING OUT OF THE WATER.
TIED OFF TO TOP OF MY ALUMIUM DIAMONDBACK CAGE AND PULLED THE BOAT ALL OF THE WAY BACK DOWN THE PIG TRAIL AROUND TO THE MILK BUSS. HERE WE BAILED OUT WHAT WATER WAS LEFT IN THE BOAT. I ACTUALLY HAD MY FLEX PIPES GLOWING BEET RED ON THIS DRAG.
THERE HAD BEEN A FELLOW MISSING ON THE LAKE FOR TWO DAYS AND THERE WAS A LOT OF OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERRIFS AND FWC PERSONELL OUT THERE. AFTER WE FINISHED BAILING OUT THE BOAT I STARTED PULLING THE BOAT IN DOWN THE LAKE. MY GRASS RAKE HAS A STEP ON IT AND SCOTT WAS LYING ON IT NAPPING AS I WAS DRIVING. COMING TOWARDS ME DOWN THE LAKE WAS AN FWC OFFICER THAT WILL REMAIN NAMELESS IN THIS ARTICLE. HE TRIED TO FLAG ME DOWN BECAUSE HE THOUGHT THAT SCOTT LAYING ON THE GRASS RAKE WAS THE BODY OF THE MAN THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR. I JUST WAVED HIM OFF BECAUSE I WAS ON A FULL PLANE. HE OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T CARE TO BE WAVED OFF SO HE STARTED TO SPINN AROUND BEHIND ME WHEN OUT OF THE DARK HERE COMES THE 16 FOOT COTTONMOUTH AND ALMOST T-BONES HIM. WE ALL MANAGED TO GET STOPPED WITHOUT ANY FURTHER TO DO BUT HE AMMITTED THAT THE BOAT COMING OUT OF THE DARK FROM BEHIND ME ALMOST SCARED HIM TO DEATH.
LEFT THE FWC OFFICER AND GOT ALL THE WAY TO THE CABLE. WHERE WE BAILED OUT THE COTTOMMOUTH AGAIN. THEN MY BOAT WOULD NOT CRANK. HERE WE ARE ON THE BLACKEST NITE OF THE YEAR DEAD IN THE WATER. I CALLED A FRIEND WHO STARTED TOWARDS ME HE ALSO CALLED ANOTHER FRIEND WHO LIVES AT CAMP MACK AND TOLD HIM TO GET UP THAT THEY HAD TO RESCUE THE BIG GOBBLER. WELL THE SECOND FRIEND KNEW IT WOULD BE ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE FIRST FRIEND GOT THERE SO HE LAYED BACK DOWN. AT THAT EXACT MOMENT THE SHUTTLE CAME BACK INTO THE EARTH'S HEMISOPHERE WITH A SONIC BOOM. HE JUMPED BACK OUT OF BED AND HOLLARED I'M COMING DANNY. HE HE HE.
BACK OUT ON THE LAKE AT THE CABLE WE WERE LIGHTS OUT WHEN THE SONIC BOOM HAPPEN AND THE BIG GOBBLER ALMOST WALKED ON WATER. PITCH BLACK NITE NO LITES AND THE WATER STARTS SHAKEING. WE FINALLY REALIZE WHAT HAD JUST HAPPEN AND CALMED OURSELVES DOWN. "I JUST THOUGHT I WAS FEARLESS"
SO THE MECH. FOR SCOTT'S BOSS WHO IS WITH US TAKES THE BATTERY OUT OF THE COTTONMOUTH TURNES IT UPSIDE DOWN POST TO POST WITH MY BATTERY AND MY BOAT CRANKS. I PUT BOTH BOATS ON A FULL PLANE AND START ON IN TO CAMP MACK. JUST BEFORE THE BRIDGE I PAST MY TWO BUDDIES HEADED OUT TO RESCUE ME. THEY TURN AROUND AND START TO FOLLOW ME IN WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I LOOSE 300 RPMS. WELL SO MUCH FOR TOWING ON A FULL PLANE. I MANAGE TO SLOW DOWN WITHOUT SINKING AND IDELED THE REST OF THE WAY INTO CAMP MACK'S BOAT RAMP. HECK OF AN ADVENTURE.
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T KNOW I HAVE A DIAMONDBACK ULTRA LITE WITH A 0540 FUEL INJECTED WITH A THREE BLADE WATER WALKER PROP.
GET HER DONE.
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Re: airboat towing

Postby GladesAirboat » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:49 pm

I have towed a few boats, still not clear on the area in center of the rope/harness secured to the transom. Are u using a pulley to slide/roll in the center or a secured loop in the center and secure the rope straight back to the vessel being towed. The loop in the middle works for me.
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Re: airboat towing

Postby PeaRiverOpossum » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:05 pm

My biggest question is how much line do you out between the two boats...is it critical? I would think add much add safely possible but dunno.

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Re: airboat towing

Postby Ruagatr » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:52 am

I always run 100 feet if possible. More than that and it gets hard in the trails...less than that and you can fill a non deckover up with propwash or have the boat hit you when you stop suddenly for some reason.

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Re: airboat towing

Postby Sniper » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:32 am

I sew a loop on the tow strap and then I wrap a special Aircraft grade Teflon tape around the loop so it slides real good back and forth on the loop that is hooked on the transom and the webbing I use is real thick Military grade so it does not stretch much but I am now going to look into the rope that was talked about and I really like the Idea about the fire hose, this thread has been full of good information and Ideas
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Re: airboat towing

Postby PeaRiverOpossum » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:32 am

Ruagatr wrote:I always run 100 feet if possible. More than that and it gets hard in the trails...less than that and you can fill a non deckover up with propwash or have the boat hit you when you stop suddenly for some reason.

Thanks Charles. Good points but I wasnt sure if there was a rule of thumb. I think I'll practice sometime so when it comes time to do it for real I wont be doing it for the first time.

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Re: airboat towing

Postby glades cat » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:32 pm

Whichever tow method you use, consider the rope and attachment method used.

Static rope is the correct type to use. Dynamic rope should be avoided. A braided or static Kern-mantle construction is best. No rock climbing rope, it' dynamic.
Rope material:
"Nylon": or polyamide rope has good properties. It lasts a long time, lite weight and resists rot, but it stretches and absorbs shock loads. It absorbs water and can lose up to 70% of its strength when wet. It will regain all of its strength when it dries.It is not UV resistant and will break down in sunlight.
Polyester rope: (Boat/Yacht rope) Is is superior to polyamide(nylon) and has low-stretch. It is ideal for mechanical advantage systems and high load applications. It is UV resistant and doesn't absorb water. It holds knots well and is abraision-resistant. It has better chemical resistance than nylon.
Polypropylene: (ski rope) Low strength, doesn't absorb water and it floats. Low resistance to heat, UV and chemicals.
Kevlar: (Aramid fiber)- Good stuff, low stretch, high strength, high abrasion resistance, high heat ( up to 900 deg)...high price tag.

Knot Strength: Rope strength retention guide with various knots.
NO Knot 100% - Basically, 7 turns around an object and tie a fig-8 bend with loose end. Tensionless knot.
Double Fisherman's 65-70% - similar to uni-knot or barrel knot, used to join ropes.
*Bowline 70-75% - My favorite. Easy to tie & untie, releases easily after loading.*
Water Knot 60-70% - overhand knot follow-through.
Figure-8 75-80% - Difficult to untie after loading. Get some pliers and a hammer. lol
Clove Hitch 60-65% - It's not a knot...use an overhand safety behind it.
Fisherman's 60-65%
Overhand 60-65%- Don't use...this one, it will kill you if tied wrong. A granny knot=no no.

I hope this helps...choose wisely grasshopper.
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Re: airboat towing

Postby Bdriller » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:18 pm

Big Gobbler wrote:BEEN TOWING BOATS ALL OF MY LIFE. I PERSONALLY TYE OFF TO THE TOP OF MY DIAMONDBACK CAGE TO THE FRONT OF THE BOAT BEING TOWED.
SCOTT SNIVELY CALLED ME ONE NITE SEVERAL YEARS AGO, HIS BOSS HAD SUNK HIS 16 FOOT COTTONMOUTH WITH A 260 LYCOMING IN THE PIG TRAIL BY NORTH COVE. IT WAS WAY AFTER DARK WHEN WE GOT THERE NUTHING BUT 6 INCHES OF GRASS RAKE AND 6 INCHES OF CAGE SHOWING OUT OF THE WATER.
TIED OFF TO TOP OF MY ALUMIUM DIAMONDBACK CAGE AND PULLED THE BOAT ALL OF THE WAY BACK DOWN THE PIG TRAIL AROUND TO THE MILK BUSS. HERE WE BAILED OUT WHAT WATER WAS LEFT IN THE BOAT. I ACTUALLY HAD MY FLEX PIPES GLOWING BEET RED ON THIS DRAG.
THERE HAD BEEN A FELLOW MISSING ON THE LAKE FOR TWO DAYS AND THERE WAS A LOT OF OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERRIFS AND FWC PERSONELL OUT THERE. AFTER WE FINISHED BAILING OUT THE BOAT I STARTED PULLING THE BOAT IN DOWN THE LAKE. MY GRASS RAKE HAS A STEP ON IT AND SCOTT WAS LYING ON IT NAPPING AS I WAS DRIVING. COMING TOWARDS ME DOWN THE LAKE WAS AN FWC OFFICER THAT WILL REMAIN NAMELESS IN THIS ARTICLE. HE TRIED TO FLAG ME DOWN BECAUSE HE THOUGHT THAT SCOTT LAYING ON THE GRASS RAKE WAS THE BODY OF THE MAN THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR. I JUST WAVED HIM OFF BECAUSE I WAS ON A FULL PLANE. HE OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T CARE TO BE WAVED OFF SO HE STARTED TO SPINN AROUND BEHIND ME WHEN OUT OF THE DARK HERE COMES THE 16 FOOT COTTONMOUTH AND ALMOST T-BONES HIM. WE ALL MANAGED TO GET STOPPED WITHOUT ANY FURTHER TO DO BUT HE AMMITTED THAT THE BOAT COMING OUT OF THE DARK FROM BEHIND ME ALMOST SCARED HIM TO DEATH.
LEFT THE FWC OFFICER AND GOT ALL THE WAY TO THE CABLE. WHERE WE BAILED OUT THE COTTOMMOUTH AGAIN. THEN MY BOAT WOULD NOT CRANK. HERE WE ARE ON THE BLACKEST NITE OF THE YEAR DEAD IN THE WATER. I CALLED A FRIEND WHO STARTED TOWARDS ME HE ALSO CALLED ANOTHER FRIEND WHO LIVES AT CAMP MACK AND TOLD HIM TO GET UP THAT THEY HAD TO RESCUE THE BIG GOBBLER. WELL THE SECOND FRIEND KNEW IT WOULD BE ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE FIRST FRIEND GOT THERE SO HE LAYED BACK DOWN. AT THAT EXACT MOMENT THE SHUTTLE CAME BACK INTO THE EARTH'S HEMISOPHERE WITH A SONIC BOOM. HE JUMPED BACK OUT OF BED AND HOLLARED I'M COMING DANNY. HE HE HE.
BACK OUT ON THE LAKE AT THE CABLE WE WERE LIGHTS OUT WHEN THE SONIC BOOM HAPPEN AND THE BIG GOBBLER ALMOST WALKED ON WATER. PITCH BLACK NITE NO LITES AND THE WATER STARTS SHAKEING. WE FINALLY REALIZE WHAT HAD JUST HAPPEN AND CALMED OURSELVES DOWN. "I JUST THOUGHT I WAS FEARLESS"
SO THE MECH. FOR SCOTT'S BOSS WHO IS WITH US TAKES THE BATTERY OUT OF THE COTTONMOUTH TURNES IT UPSIDE DOWN POST TO POST WITH MY BATTERY AND MY BOAT CRANKS. I PUT BOTH BOATS ON A FULL PLANE AND START ON IN TO CAMP MACK. JUST BEFORE THE BRIDGE I PAST MY TWO BUDDIES HEADED OUT TO RESCUE ME. THEY TURN AROUND AND START TO FOLLOW ME IN WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I LOOSE 300 RPMS. WELL SO MUCH FOR TOWING ON A FULL PLANE. I MANAGE TO SLOW DOWN WITHOUT SINKING AND IDELED THE REST OF THE WAY INTO CAMP MACK'S BOAT RAMP. HECK OF AN ADVENTURE.
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T KNOW I HAVE A DIAMONDBACK ULTRA LITE WITH A 0540 FUEL INJECTED WITH A THREE BLADE WATER WALKER PROP.
GET HER DONE.
THANKS
BIG GOBBLER

you touched on my main question is towing on full plain ok or careless, or should be avoided?


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