Tube Towing

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Daniel & Kathy Gibson

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So...those who have tried to pull a skier or a tube behind an amphi....can you
tell me where you hooked up the tow rope?

Dan
'64 Das Boot
 
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Randy Tusone

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Greetings,

We have towed tubes and have used the bumperettes. One thing we noticed was
that you need to have one tube on each one or you'll go around in circles. Even
with one tube on each bumperette the car gets very difficult to steer.

Good luck and have fun!

Randy

Daniel & Kathy Gibson <dkgibson3@attbi.com> wrote:
So...those who have tried to pull a skier or a tube behind an amphi....can you
tell me where you hooked up the tow rope?

Dan
'64 Das Boot



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Al Heath

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I noticed the bumperettes were mentioned. I've heard of an interesting
story about a Michigan car using the bumperettes to pull driftwood off the
shore in a "clean up" operation, but after a while, the bumperettes stayed
with the driftwood while the car continued on..... Remember, they aren't
attached to the frame in the factory configuration and only have a doubler
on the metal for some reinforcement. Anyway, FWIW....
 
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a_colo_native

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> I noticed the bumperettes were mentioned. I've heard of an
interesting
> story about a Michigan car using the bumperettes to pull driftwood
off the
> shore in a "clean up" operation, but after a while, the bumperettes
stayed
> with the driftwood while the car continued on..... Remember, they
aren't
> attached to the frame in the factory configuration and only have a
doubler
> on the metal for some reinforcement. Anyway, FWIW....

This is why I stress NEVER tie down your Amphi using the bumperettes
as I have seen countless times. They are strong enough! Stessing
the "factory configuration" as how many have the reinforcement plates
on yours? I 2nd the FWIW....

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a_colo_native

Guest
> This is why I stress NEVER tie down your Amphi using the
bumperettes
> as I have seen countless times. They are strong enough! Stessing
> the "factory configuration" as how many have the reinforcement
plates
> on yours? I 2nd the FWIW....
>
> <{{{=<

Sorry, I meant to say "They are -->not<-- strong enough!"

Fishbone(at)amphicar(dot)net
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Daniel & Kathy Gibson

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Re: Re: Tube Towing

So then...where is the best place to hook up a ski pulley?

Also, I have seen ads with the Amphi pulling a small travel trailer. Where would
the hitch go? Does anyone have an Amphi with a trailer hitch on it?

Dan
'64 Das Boot

a_colo_native wrote:

> > This is why I stress NEVER tie down your Amphi using the
> bumperettes
> > as I have seen countless times. They are strong enough! Stessing
> > the "factory configuration" as how many have the reinforcement
> plates
> > on yours? I 2nd the FWIW....
> >
> > <{{{=<
>
> Sorry, I meant to say "They are -->not<-- strong enough!"
>
> Fishbone(at)amphicar(dot)net
> <{{{=<
>
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rogtwo@aol.com

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Since you haven't gotten many tube-towing ideas from the experts, here's my
suggestions:

As has been said, I would never use the bumperetts to tie my amphi to a
trailer. And towing logs off a beach doesn't sound like a good idea either. :)
But, I think towing a tube in the water will not put nearly that much stress on
the bumperetts.

To improve your ability to steer in the water, tie a bridal between the two
bumperetts. I'd recommend that you use a rope for the bridal that is at least
twice as long as the distance between the bumperetts. Tie the bridle rope
right above the attachment arm of the bumperetts. Shorter bridle lines will
cause greater forces on the bumperetts. Tying higher or lower on the bumperetts
will likely pull the bumperetts crooked. Using a pulley on the bridle (like
you see on many ski boats) will also improve your steering.

Also, I'd recommend you use polypropylene rope (it floats) and a float for
the pulley. This will help keep the lies out of the propellers. But, still
DON'T BACKUP!

If you still are concerned about bumperetts, then use the same method
mariners have used for ages to keep things from ripping off the deck -- backing
plates! Cut 4 plates that are around 8 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide. Round
the corners, and drill holes to match the bumperett bolts. Install one plate on
the inside and outside of the hull at each bumperett. Something like 3/16
steel or 1/4 inch aluminum would be about right for the plates. Oh ya, seal the
outer plate with something like 3M 5200 or Boat-Life sealant. These are
designed for "below waterline" use.


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nelson625@aol.com

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Re: Re: Tube Towing

Regarding utilizing the rear "bumpers" as Tow attachment points - I used my
Amphicar a few months ago to pull an antique car a few feet. Thinking I was
being wise, I ran the towing line through both bumpers and proceeded to execute
the operation (very gently, mind you.) Surprise! In but a few seconds, the two
bumpers were angled toward each other and one of the 2 bolts ( only 2 bolts
secure each bumper to the underbody sheet metal ) had sheared right off.
Fortunately, there was no serious damage and a little straightening via my vise
and
then rebolting undid the damage. However, it taught me that they are best used
as decorations and maybe "swim handles" in certain situations (when the props
are not turning.) I am waiting to see what solutions are proposed to this
question. I wonder how the Amphicar (s-?) at Cypress Gardens years ago handled
this situation. I can visualize solutions, but I imagine some of our versatile
members have already come up with satisfactory answers, possibly through trial
and error. Victor Splash Nelson


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Greg

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Re: Re: Tube Towing

--- Daniel & Kathy Gibson <dkgibson3@attbi.com> wrote:
> So then...where is the best place to hook up a ski
> pulley?


Paul Rasmussen who lives near me in Michigan has a
trailer hitch. He lived in Germany for a while and had
his car over there where most Amphi owners have
hitches. The location is right below the horizontal
bumpers where the hull comes to a point. I assmume a
cutout was made and it was welded to the frame but
haven't really looked closely. Paul doesn't get on the
list too often so I'll ask him how it's mounted and
post it for all.
I have pulled my kids on a tube and even did it Celina
last year. My car has a cleat(think that's the right
term)- a small metal one with 4 bolts bolted right
through the top of the engine cover in the middle
back. Mine was there when I got the car and
surprisingly there is not a hint bending or damage to
the cover after pulling. The problem with putting the
tow rope lower is it can get tangled in props because
the back end goes even lower into the water when
pulling someone whereas that has never happened to me.
Even with Paul's hitch, rope tangled in props when he
stopped after pulling one of my kids. Whether you want
holes in engine cover is the question, but my crome
tie down looks stock unless you're an Amphi owner.
Greg Zinkosky(Michigan)
>

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