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Old 06-07-2020, 19:09   #1
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Towing a tube on A cleet

I have a 1997 Bayliner Capri 2350. I wanted to know if I can use a cleet in the middle of the stern to tow a tube. See attached photo
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Re: Towing a tube on A cleet

Take a look at the other side and see if there is a substantial backing plate ... most likely a couple of 1/4" nuts and washers .... not good.
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Re: Towing a tube on A cleet

I think this is not entirely possible. Need to look in life. Contact a specialist for recommendations.
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I have a 1997 Bayliner Capri 2350. I wanted to know if I can use a cleet in the middle of the stern to tow a tube.

No.

Check with a local dealer to confirm that you could tow with a bridle attached to your two aft mooring cleats, or have something installed specifically for towing.
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Yes, but not for long!
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Re: Towing a tube on A cleet

Aww, sure, go ahead! After all, the worst that could happen is that as you load up the tow rope the cleat pulls out of the deck and the stored energy in the stretched rope snaps it back, striking the towee in the head killing them, and their heirs sue you for gross negligence leading to death, you have a huge judgement laid on you and when you can't pay, you go to jail.

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Aww, sure, go ahead! After all, the worst that could happen is that as you load up the tow rope the cleat pulls out of the deck and the stored energy in the stretched rope snaps it back, striking the towee in the head killing them, and their heirs sue you for gross negligence leading to death, you have a huge judgement laid on you and when you can't pay, you go to jail.

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Dripping with a bit too much condescension - Especially for a first time poster.
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Aww, sure, go ahead! After all, the worst that could happen is that as you load up the tow rope the cleat pulls out of the deck and the stored energy in the stretched rope snaps it back, striking the towee in the head killing them, and their heirs sue you for gross negligence leading to death, you have a huge judgement laid on you and when you can't pay, you go to jail.

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Re: Towing a tube on A cleet

Why not just purchase a $15 tube tow harness designed for that purpose? The harness floats, is shaped like a "Y" and attaches to the "U" bolts on both sides of the outdrive.
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Aw, come on Jim. That's a kinda vague response... you are usually more decisive in your advice!

And I agree! My little parable above wasn't really sarcastic, but rather an exposition of what might well happen.

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