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#521656 - 09/22/11 11:28 AM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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I think you found two great solutions.

Let them re-inflate them if they want to ride.

Let them ride to the destination if they want the tubes for the day.

Teaches kids some responsibility. It was both our options when I was a kid and never complained. Always though it was fair.


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#521685 - 09/22/11 05:27 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: PhatboyC]  
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Having had four daughters and one son, I am well known for commenting that I just wish we could skip 17. Well, I also seem to include 16, 15, 12, 10, 9, 8 and probably a few more. But you are right on the pending changes.

Now my problem is not being able to get anyone motivated to even go to the lake (not exactly close by is part of it). That and it costs around $100 just in fuel for a round trip for the day. Eureka made the news as the highest price for gasoline in the nation the other day at $4.08/gal! Diesel is at $4.39/gal. We haven't been out once this summer I'm sad to say.


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#521738 - 09/23/11 11:42 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: No Agenda]  
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Children can be challenging at any age, however from our experiences ages 13 and 14 are the worst. We raised our four and thankfully they turned out well. Our youngest is 29, so the days of parenting are behind us. Now we have dogs and cats, and believe me pets are easier thumb.

A few years back Betty and I were in the process of adopting a 10 year-old from the NC foster system. We are both nurses. I also earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work, and have worked with troubled youth, so we knew going in to this process that we could end up with a challenge, espically with a child coming from foster care. Still we are (mostly) financially stable, and figured we could be more patient at this age then we were younger with our own children.

The part that scared us was mostly our age. Our children were a handful growing up, and we survived it. Our kids were basically easy going children with typical teenage problems, and we were repeatedly cautioned that a child from foster care will present us with more challenges than our biological children ever did ouch.

Betty was also afraid that if I were to suddenly die, she would be raising a teen by herself while facing her 70's. Both of us have several major health problems. At the same time Betty's elderly parents came to live with us. Her father suffered from Alzhiemer's desease, and they became a full time job. We were glad that we were able to care for them in their last years. They passed in 2009 and 2010, and by that time the urge to raise another child had passed for both of us. We decided to enjoy/spoil our 11 grandchildren, our nieces, nephews, and our pets. Everything happens for a reason smile.

To be honest, I am glad that my niece still wants to come and spend the weekend on the lake with her old uncle. Kids will be kids, and I just have to figure out how to stay one step ahead of them without them knowing it d.

As for the gas and diesel prices they are high, and we figure that into every trip we take. Our 22 footer holds 55 gallons and the bass boat 18 gallons. I would hate to have to fill a yacht c.

Hopefully, you can get your boat on the water next season.


#529284 - 03/04/12 02:37 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Two suggestions:

1. Airhead Tube Keep - lets you attach the tube to the stern of the boat, higher up than attached directly to the tow eye. This worked great on my Malibu as there was lots of fiberglass back there to attache it. Not place for the suction cups on my Mastercraft but I just read in the description at the link below it will also attack to cleat so will definitely try.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Tubekeeper-set-of-2/dp/B0000BYBE1

2. Coleman Rechargeable QuickPump - picked one of these up based on recommendations on BABC several years ago. These things inflate deflate tubes quickly and battery lasts a while. We inflate and deflate/stow the tube when ever needed.

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000000834-Rechargeable-Quick-Pump/dp/B00005JD40

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#529328 - 03/05/12 09:20 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: jjct1]  
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Thanks for the links. One of the three pumps that I own is the Coleman listed in the second link. I have not carried a battery operated pump out on the lake, because I figure that someone will drop it in the lake.

I made a rule that if you ride the tube out, you ride it back. We don't tow tubes any more. If the teens want to play games and only ride just when they want to ride, then the tubes get left at the campsite. If they pull that stunt on the water, than I will deflate the tubes and store them in the cabin. Thier choice, thier loss, and it will save me some gas.

I am no longer playing silly games with them. I own the boat, pay for the tubes, ropes, all upkeep and all of the gas, so I think I should have final say. So I guess that I am no longer as cool of an uncle as I once was. If they don't like it, so sad, too bad...


#529430 - 03/07/12 03:22 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Originally Posted By: CharlesS
You did not come across as sarcastic.


My grandmother used to say, "When kids turn 5 they should be sealed up in a barrel until they turn 30." She was being only slightly sarcastic.

We settled on the deflate/inflate approach too. It got to be such a PITA for everyone involved that the kids pretty much stopped tubing. One of my goals for this summer is to rectify that.

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#529532 - 03/08/12 02:43 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Can you bungee both tubes together, one on the other, and tow them close in by the ski rope eye? All the times I used to hook mine on the back of the weekender, I never once had a worry about it coming in contact with the prop. The tubes have a tendency to float very well and not want to be submerged, where one finds the propeller. Something about buoyancy, IIRC.

#537360 - 08/14/12 12:19 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: KD4PBS]  
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Whenever we pull our tube out of the water and into the boat, I think of an acquaintance who was riding in a boat a couple of years ago with a 'stored' tube that blew out the back of the boat at about 35 mph.

The bad part was that the rope was still attached to the tow eye on the boat, and the rope had been haphazardly placed on the floor of the boat. She had been sitting with her right foot in the middle of it so when the tube blew out of the boat it was bad news for her leg. Broke it badly, ripped a lot of skin and muscle. Nasty. Glad I wasn't there to witness it.

We just bought a bigger tube, so I need to figure out how to haul it when the kids aren't tubing, but I will ding dang guarantee you that when the tube comes into the boat the rope gets disconned and properly coiled, EVERY time.


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#537370 - 08/14/12 05:15 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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We deflate and stow when not using the tubes. It only takes a minute and keeps the cockpit clear.


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#537391 - 08/15/12 08:17 AM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Deflate, or sometimes tie it up close to the stern/swim platform.


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#538562 - 09/21/12 08:39 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: Just Bob]  
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We found an easy solution. Use a small bucket and pour about 5 gallons of water into each tube. It provides just enough weight that the tubes can be towed them up to 25 MPH. 5 gallons x 8 lbs = 40 lbs. They track beautifully, and stay in the flat part of the wake. I assign the teenagers to fill the water and dump it out. No one seems to mind, and it keeps things light and happy on board the boat. When someone decides to tube again, pull the tube/tubes up to the swim platform and dump out the water.


#538599 - 09/23/12 09:17 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Great solution Charles! Have to try it out next weekend..... If you have a space problem in your large boat guess what I have....


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#538603 - 09/24/12 07:50 AM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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The tubes we have actually have a small screen with a flap on the bottom to drain the water. So this wouldn't work on them.


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#538612 - 09/24/12 12:49 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Nice thing about camping at lake, just swing back by campsite and deposit tubes on the shore.

Maybe something like a Coleman 5gal water bladder that you could put some lake water into to ride in tube. When not needed, empty out fold up and store.

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#538983 - 10/02/12 05:28 AM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: kjsAZ]  
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Originally Posted By: kjsAZ
Great solution Charles! Have to try it out next weekend..... If you have a space problem in your large boat guess what I have....


My boat IS a space problem. The hull is 22-4 plus the swim platform which puts it right at 24 total. Being a sport cuddy that really looks more like a runabout with a finished bow, the bow is long and the cockpit is very small. It resembles a Checkmate with the drop-out bolster seats that take up a lot of floor space. It is supposed to be sporty, but not roomy. Don't get me wrong the old boat is very comfortable, and is balanced well. It does not have any extra space for gear.


#544076 - 03/20/13 12:18 PM Re: Transporting Unoccupied Tubes on the Water? [Re: CharlesS]  
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deflate it


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