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Author Topic:  Towing a jetski  (Read 2848 times)

Offline auhazie

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Towing a jetski
« on: February 27, 2017, 02:12:33 PM »
I am trying to prepare for the day that I might have to call the coastguard to tow me home after a engine breakdown. Hopefully not for a long time in the future if at all as I plan to keep services and maintenance up, but it's good to have a plan for safety -and for more confidence!

I have the yearly subscription to the local VMR, so if it happens I can call them in.

I read in my jetski manual that the towing vessel must not exceed 8klms per hour or you risk getting water into the JetSki engine.  I would expect that if I'm 40klms from port -which I am often- the local Coastguard is likely to use one of their large cats and want to get back a whole lot quicker than at 8Kph!

The questions in my mind:

- why is there the potential for water to get into critical parts of the engine? I thought it is for cooling only.

- where is this intake on a Yamaha?

- can I clamp or stop  the intake  inside or somewhere accessible outside the hull while on the water?

- if so, how ?

Any advice?

Thanks in advance


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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 09:49:05 AM »
Hi Mate,


Standby for some announcements with VMR and Coast Guard.   wsle


Hope this helps;

- why is there the potential for water to get into critical parts of the engine? I thought it is for cooling only.


When you tow it backs up on the exhaust and in through the exhaust valves.




- where is this intake on a Yamaha?


Portside at the back.





- can I clamp or stop  the intake  inside or somewhere accessible outside the hull while on the water?


Yes, place vice grips over the hose on the inside only.

We mark the hose when servicing the Skis. Never start your motor with the line clamped.



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Offline Mick McAuliffe

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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 10:24:06 AM »
Or install a tap

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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 11:12:25 AM »
Unfortunately Taps add a couple of points of failure as you have to cut and shut to fit them.


Hopefully you wont ever need to clamp the line or if you do only once so its not worth the risk.


We've seen many Skis sunk from the hoses letting go where the tap is and recently the tap failed and filled the hull with water.


The line through the tap almost always ceases over time and can also narrow the water pathway.


The manufacturers dont go down this path for similar reasons but also because if you start the motor with it on you're going to have a problem.


I just carry vice grips in my riding bag and its always been the best answer. I have even used them when tow taps are stuck open from lack of use.


If I dont have vice grips, pliers and a cable tie are also OK as a solution.



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Offline spaceman

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Towing a jetski
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 12:01:48 PM »



Get yourself one of these, fuel line clamping pliers, they are designed for clamping fuel and water lines in cars.

Pretty much they will never rust or fail and they do not damage the pipes.

I have them in all my skis
« Last Edit: February 28, 2017, 12:02:32 PM by spaceman »

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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2017, 12:08:27 PM »
Yes they're awesome :)
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Offline Shaz

Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2017, 03:38:18 PM »
Yes we have the same ones in our skis permanently in the glovebox

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Offline auhazie

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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2017, 07:28:16 PM »
Thanks very much! I'll get me some plastic clamping pliers!


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Offline Velrod

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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2017, 11:38:01 AM »
The Yamaha FX cruiser comes standard with a tow tap.


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Re: Towing a jetski
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2017, 11:39:57 AM »



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