Towing a wakeboard behind your RIB (rigid inflatable boat) is a great way to spend time out on the water. It’s a fantastic activity to involve the family too. Part 1 of our guide covers everything you need to get started.
Getting the right equipment for your boat and rider saves time on the day. When the conditions are right you just want to be able to set off in the RIB and start towing.
RIB designs and engines vary considerably. What you need is a good power to weight ratio to tow efficiently. Otherwise, the forces of the skier can start to pull the boat around. As an approximate guide:
We recommend Yamaha engines as a highly reliable and durable outboard.
If you are wanting to tow skiers or inflatables occasionally, it is worth buying a family RIB or leisure RIB that is well suited for towing and versatile for other purposes too. If you are looking at any RIBs for sale, look for a boat that is strong, durable and built for towing.
Features it needs include:
Your riders should always:
Most RIBs are fitted with two U-bolts on the transom, to which you can attach a towing bridle and then the tow line. Some RIBs may have a tow post or an A Frame fitted, which can be use for towing a wakeboard if it’s a structural one or double A Frame. This means it is made from two metal hoops that are welded or bolted together. Normally made from stainless steel or aluminium, it should have a towing point. The advantage of a structural A Frame is that the line is held high and the direction of pull makes it easy to for the rider to get up out of the water.
Never tow inflatable toys and “ringos” from the A frame due to the higher loads they exert. A towing bridle should always be used for these types of towables.
Contact us for advice on which RIBs, attaching tow ropes and essential equipment for wakeboarding. Call 023 9239 7000 or email us.
See Part 2 of our Towing a Wakeboard Guide – RIB drivers tips for towing a wakeboard.