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towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:08 pm
by jenko
I am going for a house boat holiday and would like to take the Riviera.I was wondering about towing behind the house boat ? Do you use a towing pole ? Moor it to the side ?or what?

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:15 pm
by Bill Edmundson
I want to see this answer. I've had each work and each not work. :? :roll:

Bill

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:39 am
by Roberta
Me too!! You could give a call to the WahWeap Marina on Lake Powell and see if they have any suggestions. Lots of houseboats there and I'm sure some are towing boats.

Roberta :?:

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:34 am
by Rich Coey
We go on a houseboat trip every year and have pulled the Monaco behind the houseboat several times. ( sometimes instead of being towed I scout out ahead to find a good beach ) We just use a dock line or a tube rope tied off on a cleat on the back corner of the houseboat. You can tow from the center if there is a suitable place to tie to, sometimes there is not. Tying to the railing is not a good idea. We tow the boat back far enough to be in a calmer part or the wake. Probably 50 to 75 feet. Stage your boat just behind the houseboat with the line tied to the cleat. Idle the houseboat forward,using your hands, pay out line to your boat then stop the line and pull to get the boat moving a little bit you may have to let out line and pull a couple times until your boat is moving the same speed as the houseboat. The houseboat should just be idling a couple MPH, and don't wrap the rope around your hands. Once the boats are moving the same pay out the rest of the line until it is tight with the cleat. Now you can bring the houseboat up to speed. When you stop have someone on the back deck to watch out for your boat drifting up to the back of the houseboat.This usually is not a problem because the houseboat takes longer to slow down than the small boat. We have pulled 2 boats and a jet ski with out any problems. One boat tied on each side and the jet ski in the center up closer the the back of the houseboat. When pulling more then one boat you need to stagger the length of the lines, so if they happen to come together they won't hit. Also set your rudder straight or to turn a little to the outside.

Rich

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:24 pm
by TAB
make sure you lash the steering wheel other wise it will be uncontrollable. also remember to slow down for a long time so your boat does not run into the back of you. ( don't ask me how I know :mrgreen: )

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:47 am
by bob smith
Put the wife at the helm of the houseboat, station the kids and pets at the bow and climb in the Riviera for a few precious quiet moments.

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:14 am
by Bill Edmundson
Bob
:lol: I love the concept :!: But, Lauren can't drive a boat. She thinks you always turn into the wind (sailing), But, she can't tell you where the wind is coming from.

Bill

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:21 pm
by jenko
I am thinking I might try a 2 metre piece of thick wall 32 mm pvc pressure pipe with a rope through the middle ?

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:40 pm
by Dave Grason
Bill Edmundson wrote:But, Lauren can't drive a boat.
I'm not sure I believe that. I think it's an act because Lauren just likes to be chauffered. 8)

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:38 pm
by Bill Edmundson
:lol:

Could be Dave!

Bill

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:15 am
by hoodman
My wife is baffled by the tiller handle on our jon boat. I'm hoping she will be better with a steering wheel.

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:49 pm
by Rich Coey
Found a picture towing boats behind houseboat. My boat was pulling to the middle in this photo. we stopped, pulled the boat in and turned the rudder a little to port, then headed 30+ miles up the lake with no problems. Here is a picture of Reminiscent after we were setup. Lake Mohave, End of September, Temp around 100 deg, water 80 deg. Almost like a private lake with maybe one boat an hour passing by.

Rich

Re: towing your boat behind a house boat

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:58 pm
by jenko
well that looks simple enough