Have you ever stood at the water's edge with a flat
stone in your hand. If you hold the stone just right,
with a flick of your wrist you can send that stone skimming
across the surface of the water. Well a towable tube
works on the same principal but on a much larger scale
and with a few more variables thrown into the mix.
You the rider simply sit on or in the tube. The tube
itself is inflated, so it's like a cushion of air on
top of the water. A rope attached to the back of the
boat is also attached to the front of the tube and it
pulls you across the water.
At first the ride is slow due to the friction between
the towable tube and the water. At a slow rate of speed
quite a bit of the towable tube comes into contact with
the water. It is riding deep in the water. As the boat
increases speed less and less of the bottom of the tube
comes into to contact with the water. The tube starts
to rise up and sits just barely on the surface of the
water. You are now on a plane. The tube is hydroplaning
across the surface of the water. By now the tube is
moving much faster and the ride has become extremely
fun! You are now skimming across the surface of the
water like that stone you threw.
Safety is extremely important. Anytime you are in the
water. Always wear a life jacket and obey all local
boating laws and regulations. We want everyone to go
home, so that they can return to ride again!