Ski Tow hook recommendations

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Milhouse
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Ski Tow hook recommendations

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For an inboard do you recommend a center ski tow hook like this or do you use the rear tie downs and a bridle?

Note that I don't currently have rear tie downs on my transom so either way I need to add something. I was thinking of using a strap across the rear of the boat from side to side while trailing to reduce the amount of stuff on the transom but maybe that's crazy. Thoughts?
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Re: Ski Tow hook recommendations

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Milhouse
My ski tow is a flush mount, works well and doesn’t protrude or look bulky
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Re: Ski Tow hook recommendations

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Milhouse,

That's just crazy talk.

A strap across the back? Take a strap, add a little dirt or dust, give it a little motion, call it sand paper. A strap through the drive shaft and strut is a better approach.

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We use a bridle with a pulley on our outboard boat and it works great. However, no need for all that complexity on an inboard.
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A pop up pylon is also a good idea. Dave Lott put one on his boat. see this post: search.php?keywords=pylon&t=13627&sf=msgonly

I am thinking of putting one of these on my Monaco once I get further along in my build of course :)

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TomB wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:04 am
That's just crazy talk.

A strap across the back? Take a strap, add a little dirt or dust, give it a little motion, call it sand paper. A strap through the drive shaft and strut is a better approach.

Tom
Fair enough, I thought I read it somewhere that it was good practice, maybe that is for knock around boats. Wouldn't strapping the driveshaft that be bad too? Maybe I should just add the tie down points? This forum indicates if the wright is centered it is not needed, Perhaps thats why one sees them on outboards, all the weight is aft. I do have a keel notch that keeps the boat from sliding around, it would have to bounce like 1.5 to clear it. Seems like a contentious subject :)

Thanks for the Ski tow tips Matt and Jamie, I like the one you have Jamie.

I found this one and its similar.
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Re: Ski Tow hook recommendations

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denbrlr wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:00 pm
A pop up pylon is also a good idea.
Hmmm, I do like that too, but don't really have a great place to put it. I'm was planning on adding the anchor light/flag pole in the middle aft.

I see this one on Ebay but it looks a little big, would not want it bigger than that king plank section.

The original boat had some to cleat-ish hooks on the deck (one on each side) and they must have used a bridle.
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I went with this flush mounted one. Thanks for your recommendations!

Got it on Ebay for $20

Attwood 2-1/2" 2.5" Stainless Steel Flush Mount Ski Tow Hook + Plate 66448-1
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I went with a pop-up pylon on my Monte Carlo and have been happy with it. I over-engineered the bracing with some galvanized steel under the deck.
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Thanks for the pics, looks great!
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JT,

That looks good to me and there is nothing wrong with over-engineering :) I wondered how others have braced pop-up pylons. I will probably will do something similar once I get to that point in my Monaco build.

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