Choosing the Right Tow Line and Accessories
While you may have a water ski or wakeboard tow line already in the boat, don’t scrimp on a dedicated tow line for your inflatable. Inflatables can put a massive amount of strain on a tow line and, as such, often need a greater breaking strength than a standard ski rope provides. Choose a tow line that best fits your tube’s passenger capacity. Most inflatable-specific lines are 60 feet in length, to position the tube in the ideal spot in the boat’s wake.
If the tow line frequently gets caught in the boat’s prop wash, consider SportsStuff’s Booster Ball ($109, sportsstuff.com). A 38-by-27-inch inflatable ball sandwiched in the middle of a 60-foot tow line, it enhances the performance of most inflatables by keeping the line out of the water, reducing drag, absorbing shock and reducing spray off the rope.