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    towing waverunner tomorrow

    waverunner starter solenoid not working. Son towed it to the house on the water Sunday. Its on the lift.
    wAs not able to run water through it. I'm driving out there tomorrow to tow it to the ramp.

    HE towed it at no wake speed to the lift. I have to tow it about 1-2 miles to the ramp.
    Any suggestions? how slow should I keep it down to?
    Other things to worry about?
    thx

    I had some line in the ski that floats and he used that. I can stop by Home Depot to get better stronger line if needed.

    Its a 2014 SVHO and I still have a warranty on it till next July so having shop fix it then winterize it.


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    Are you going to be towing it solo? Will someone else be on hand when you get to the ramp?

    Towing without help is certainly doable, but it can quickly get tricky when arriving. You need to not suck up the tow rope under the running ski, and not allow the dead ski to drift into anything (rocks, docks, ramp concrete, etc.)

    I carry multiple ropes suitable for towing. Typically I will use a 50 or 75 foot rope when towing longer distances at speed, and use a 25 foot rope for shorter tow distances. When I get close to the destination I sometimes shorten the tow rope to maybe 15 feet, depending on how tight the maneuvering will be.

    For 2 miles, I would just tow at slightly above idle speed, about 8mph max. Maybe 15 minutes travel time. Easy on the driver and the towing watercraft, and any half decent rope should be just fine.

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    If it's just the starter solenoid, why not try jumping the solenoid to get the motor running?

    As for towing, I know there are conflicting opinions about whether it's necessary, but I recommend clamping off the water inlet line from the jet pump. This will prevent water from being forced into the motor. Yes, you can avoid that scenario by towing at low speed. But the added protection takes minimal effort and will provide peace of mind.

    I had to re-build an MR-1 motor for a friend when his kid got stuck for the same reason (bad solenoid) and he got towed back. Not sure how fast he was towed back, but water backed up into the cylinders and the ski was left sitting. When they finally replaced the solenoid, click-click... motor was seized.

    People should post their hometown in their profiles. If you were local, I'd come meet you with a solenoid and help you get the ski running in exchange for letting me ride it back to the boat ramp... and maybe a cold beer or two.

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    I would not tow any faster than 5 or 7 mph, and I would mind the line the entire time. Use one rope, but have another one on-board to come in handy if the first one breaks. At slow speed towing, you should not have any problem though.

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    Clamp off the cooling water line from pump to X where flush port connects.... make sure revere bucket is raised! As no water can get into the cooling system you can tow as fast as you wish.....


    BTW towing a ski really drinks fuel!

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    As I realized that the no wake zone to no wake zone was only 1.2mi, winds were light, I just went no wake mode (4.5mph) the whole way. Winds were in my favor pushing ski away from dock.
    Took the split pool noodle I use for the rope I use for towing tubes (pool noodle with a slit lengthwise) and tie wrapped it to my tow line. 30ft floating line.
    Just coiiled the line up and took off letting it unravel till tight then went. Took a boat pole with me in case I need it. pulled up to floating dock, tied up good ski quickly then roped dead ski in front of it.
    Weekday trip, Only had to pass by one boat and its wake. No one at the ramp till I was loaded up then 4 boats (2 in and 2 out) showed up. A busy day with more wind and it would have been a different story with just myself. I'd have tried the patience of more boaters (many boaters have no patience whatsoever).

    I plan to figure out what hose to pinch then leave something in each ski to do the pinching. I also need a stronger rope and maybe some thing to make the attachment quicker. I know if my son is 5 miles away and has to pull under the bridge, he'll have a heck of a time staying calm about it.
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    I use the middle one..... easy to keep in ski and mostly plastic so won’t rust too fast.....

    https://www.harborfreight.com/Line-C...-Pc-63596.html

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    Compact pinch clamp for water feed hose
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2938360




    Wichard snap hooks for Yamaha tow rope
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post3025052

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post3009945



    Wichard Snap hooks for dock lines
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2505558

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2851727




    Adding Kawasaki cargo hook dock line cleats to the hull
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post3002348


    My dock lines are mostly (IIRC) 5/16" or 3/8" braided rope. Easy on the hands, easy to handle when hands are wet.

    Tow ropes are also on the thick side, with a strong stainless steel snap hook at one end and a spliced in eye at the other. The rope loop goes on the towing watercraft tow hook, the snap hook goes onto the bow eye of the disabled watercraft. Makes it easy to snap connect to the bow eye while bobbing around on the water.

    Yamaha bow eyes in recent years tend to be really thick cross section so a big snap hook is needed.


    Adding a J hook to Yamaha tow loop
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2885001




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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Compact pinch clamp for water feed hose
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2938360


    Dang K, that device looks much niftier than what I have now - Iím a-gonna have to get one of those compact devices for each boat! (Thanks!)

    Much better than these, I am assuming...:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor View Post
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    Much better than these, I am assuming...:
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