Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
StrangeBrew

What size motor to pull a tube?

16 posts in this topic

Just wondering if anyone has pulled a tube with a 50 HP motor on a 16 ft fishing boat before. If so, did you have enough power to make the ride fun for the tuber? What size tube did you pull?

I have always used my uncle’s ski boat for tubing but I was wondering if my 16 ft with a 50 hp Yamaha will do the tick for my kids.

Thank you

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, more than enough power. Though the boat might be a little light and the tube may pull the stern side to side if ya do the whip. I think you will be fine.

I had 50hp on a 17ft alumicraft did just fine was strong enough to pull skiers.

Have fun!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 90 and kringe every time I pull my kids. Short term I suppose it's ok, long term ?.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

mjgrose,

What do you mean by (I have a 90 and kringe every time I pull my kids?)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

no problems, not the best option. But gets the job done. they are kids, they dont care what they are being pulled by

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny to see this post after today. We were on Turtle Lake this afternoon and saw a 14' boat with an old 15hp on it. In the boat were two adults and they were pulling around a bigger guy.

The guy on the tube was bouncing and rocking around trying to get some kind of excitement out of the deal. The motor was screaming, but they weren't going any faster than a canoe.

I think you would be fine pulling them with your boat. Why not give it a try?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny to see this post after today. We were on Turtle Lake this afternoon and saw a 14' boat with an old 15hp on it. In the boat were two adults and they were pulling around a bigger guy.

The guy on the tube was bouncing and rocking around trying to get some kind of excitement out of the deal. The motor was screaming, but they weren't going any faster than a canoe.

I think you would be fine pulling them with your boat. Why not give it a try?

dang you mean i cant do any tubing on my boat. shoot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 16' fishing boat with a new 50hp Yamaha 2 stroke. I takes some time to get the tube on plain and after that as long as you make wide corners you are ok. Making sharp turns will overpower what the motor will do. I just don't think the lower unit is built for that type of use. I can load the boat down with 4 adults and gear and get out of the hole no problem. Just does not have the pulling power. I also have a stainless power prop. Because the OEm prop would die taking corners.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

198- Mr. Pike Lund with 50hp Evinrude, also 198-, way more then plenty, and I have pulled 2 tubes, barely, but one it did just fine with 3 people in the boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

198- Mr. Pike Lund with 50hp Evinrude, also 198-, way more then plenty, and I have pulled 2 tubes, barely, but one it did just fine with 3 people in the boat.

I have the same boat except a 50hp Merc. Pulled many many tubers, skiers, and even wake boarders. Sure its a bit of a stretch for skiers but it's worked fine. I can't get up behind the boat anymore since my figure has filled out quite some, but any kids or young adults are still ok.

Don't worry, make the kids happy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with others. I have a 16.5' boat and a 60 HP motor. I can pull an adult male on a tube with 2 of us in the boat. We are on plane pretty quickly and usually run about 1/2 throttle once on plane. Same works for my wife and one kid on the tube or 2 kids on the tube with 2 of us in the boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just for reference, I have a 15.5 glass boat with a 100 hp motor. I can pull my kids, both over 100 lbs., in regular tubes and barely notice them behind. When I pull the pancake-types, I really feel the drag.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My family and I have tubed before in our boat. It is a 1978 Johnson 35 horse on a 17 foot boat and it was a little slow but it worked pretty good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My sisters and I learned how to waterski behind a 14 foot Alumacraft powered by a 9 1/2 hp Johnson. Granted, we were little nippers, but it worked.

I still pull my teens behind the 16 foot Lund/25 hp Johnson outfit. It works, and I can "crack the whip" with a small tube if the kid plays things right. It can also pull them on the wakeboard and waterskis.

Back in the late 70's and early 80's, a couple of acquaintances of mine used to waterski regularly on Basswood behind a 25 horse as they did their rounds of the tent camps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Had a 16' Mr Pike with a Merc 50 hp and pulled a tube with 2 kids in it while we were on vacation a few years ago - maybe a total of 30-45 mins/day for a week. Thought all was fine until I got back and on the first fishing trip I took afterwards (on Tonka out near Big Island from Gray's Bay) the crankshaft broke. Coincidence? No way to tell....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for all the info. I was looking for some feedback prior to purchasing the tubes and rope. Based on what I see, my kids will be happy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Glad Lavine is gone! Added nothing but slam dunks to the team. I've been out of town for the past week, so I was very delighted to hear about this trade today.
    • Not unless they ban the toothpick crossbow here too. Takes those beetles out clean.   
    • That's called seasoning. Two years ago I took a trip to Germany and we spent a few days in the black forest where I got to see some authentic old world smoke houses dating back to the 1500's and the amount of buildup on the walls, hooks, poles etc is part of what gives their hams,bacon and sausage their flavor. They use juniper wood for smoking. Absolutely delicious.  But yeah, foil, Pam and other things can help. You can also use a power washer to clean them.
    •   "We have found they do not like limburger cheese, hot dogs, or Makers Mark bourbon.  I am thankful for that."   Thanks for making my nite.  
    • Also woodpeckers beat on stuff to mark their territory.   I am pretty sure that there aren't any bugs on my metal downspouts.
    • You will often discover that birds are picking very small insects from decks and other woodwork around your house;  they do the same with trees and any other structure that might hold the bugs. We see them often on our decks and they usually pick a little bit and then move on,  perhaps just checking to see if there is anything edible there. These rascals also love hummingbird or oriole nectar, sunflower seeds and of course suet in winter. We have discovered  many species that will head straight for the nectar for orioles or hummingbirds and also plunge their beaks eagerly into the grape jam bowls orioles love. Birds will eat a greater variety than you might think. We have found they do not like limburger cheese, hot dogs, or Makers Mark bourbon.  I am thankful for that.
    • And pretty soon there'll be little chinese restaurants springing up everywhere...there goes the neighborhood. 
    • I use the ball of aluminum foil, too. Works well.
    • lay them in the grass over night and wipe off in the morning.  the dew soaks in if it's moist out.  other wise lay them out and place wet towels over them for awhile..
  • Our Sponsors