How to Hook Up Tow Rope for Skiers

How to Hook Up Tow Rope for Skiers
Water skiers use a nylon rope with a ski handle when they are pulled behind a boat. Attach the rope to the boat by means of a tow ring at the rear of the boat. On most newer boats the ring will typically be elevated allowing for wide movements to either side of the boat. Securely attaching the nylon rope to the ring is an important safety step.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Boat with tow ring
  • Nylon tow rope
Step 1
Look at the nylon ski tow rope for signs of excessive wear and tear as well as any damage to the nylon. Also inspect the tow ring to make sure it is secured to the boat and shows no signs of damage or weakening.
Step 2
Hold the loop in the end of the ski rope in your hand and place it over the top of the elevated tow ring.
Step 3
Gather the rope at the front of the loop. Feed the doubled rope up and through the tow ring. This will bring the rope back away from the boat.
Step 4
Hook the loop of the rope over the keeper hook of the ring. The keeper is a vertical piece of metal, slightly offset from the ring, designed to hold the rope securely in place.
Step 5
Grasp the main line and pull the loop tight around the tow ring.

Tips & Warnings

Periodically check the insertion of the nylon rope into the tow ring to ensure it remains properly attached.
Failure to properly inspect, maintain and install the tow rope may lead to possible injury during use.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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