To pull a skier of 150 to 200 pounds, the ideal would be to have a jet ski of 110 horsepower or more. If you've decided to water ski behind your jet ski, make sure you use a 100-foot tow rope. This will allow your skier a sufficient distance from the turbulence behind your jet ski. Any jet ski can pull the tubes, but the more HP you have, the more power you'll have to pull.
I would stick with 125HP or more if you're going to pull a lot. The WAKE models are quite pleasant, they have features such as SKI mode that makes life easier for the person and the person being pulled receives constant traction. With SKI mode, you set takeoff power and top speed, and the jet ski does the work for you. The WAKE also has a ski tower that is nice, as the tow rope goes up, which is ideal for wakeboarders.
You don't need these items, but it makes things much easier, and for some Sea-Doo's you can add these features, so you don't exactly need a WAKE model. A personal jet ski or personal jet ski can definitely attract a skier and many more water toys. Owners of jet skis or jet skis who want to get the most out of their boat should understand the basics of towing and how to do it safely and at the right speed. Can a jet ski or a waverunner tow a tube, a wakeboarder or a water skier? Yes, most waverunners today are capable of towing wakeboards, tubes and water skiers.
In most states, you'll need an observer and a 3-person jet ski, as you need space for the towed passenger. Nowadays, jet skis have enough power to get even the heaviest skiers out of the water. Did you know that Sea-Doo made a model EXACTLY for trailer sports? Like their fishing model, they listened to the needs of the PWC community and created the Wake Pro 230, which previously came in 155 and 170 hp variations. I love the GTR and it's my choice of jet ski here in Australia.
In the United States, it's known as the GTI, which pumps our 230 horsepower, which is more than enough to tow 2 adults in a tube. Better yet, it's more affordable than the Wake Pro and, at the same time, it's more than capable of being ridden in the ocean. When I head to my local waterways here, it doesn't take long for me to see this model sailing around or towing others with a smile on everyone's face. If your goal is to drive only 70% of the time and tow others 30% of the time, this is a great option as the perfect midpoint.
A good alternative to the Sea-Doo GTR230 is the FX Cruiser HO. It is in the performance category and, at the same time, is reasonably affordable and easy to handle. Its supercharged engine can give a little boost to those who need to get up on their feet quickly, while the deep seats provide something for cyclists to prepare for, along with a good-sized swim platform to get ready for. When it comes to horsepower, virtually every 3-seater jet ski has the amount needed to pull the tubes.
Tubes, wakeboard boards and knee pads are some other items that can be used to tow a skier behind their jet ski. Jet skis are an exciting experience, especially when you add water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. If you're learning to wakeskate or wakesurf, both are fun behind a jet ski, as it has a quick change and a small wake. Since the vast majority of jet skis on the market are 3-seater, this means that there is a seat for the driver or operator, one for the observer and one for the person who will eventually travel on the towable tube.
This prevents you from forgetting it's in the water and accidentally backing up the next time you're ready to take the jet ski out for a ride. Learning surface tricks is great, as it doesn't let you be intimidated by a big wake and a jet ski can turn around and pick up a rider much faster than a boat. Smaller models of jet skis, such as the Sea Doo Spark 3 with a power of 90 horsepower, would only be effective for towing children. It's not just about having at least 110 horsepower (almost every jet ski on the market has the power to pull a towable tube).
A question I've received a lot is whether a jet ski can pull skiers, towable tubes, wakeboard boards, or even skates. In addition, you can't jet ski on those canals, but it shows that a 300 is enough, if not exaggerated, to take someone or something behind a jet ski. It's also important to make sure you use the right tow rope and safety equipment, so skiers and jet ski drivers are safe. Waverunners today can have up to 320 horsepower, so yes, if a 52-horsepower jet ski can carry you on a wakeboard, a 320-horsepower monster should be able to pull your weight out of the water on a single ski.
A larger float or rope reinforcement, such as the Amazon Sportsstuff Booster pictured above, may be needed when towing a multi-rider tube behind a jet ski or boat. . .