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    How to remove the fixed ski tow bar

    MichelBeeMichelBee Member Posts: 33 ✭✭
    Hi everybody,

    I'm wondering how to remove the ski tow bar from a SD 187 OB.  

    Is it just a question of turning it counter clock wise or is there a pin or bold that holds it in place?

    I ban barely see anything in there so I can't figure it out.  I have a tendency of using muscle power to fix any problem but that method has gotten me in trouble more times than I care to remember.

    The reason I want to do this, I'm looking at purchasing a custom travel cover from Carver covers and it won't work if I can remove the tow bar.

    Thanks everybody.


    • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Member Posts: 418 admin
      Checking on this, MB...

    • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Member Posts: 418 admin's the answer from one of the Hurricane engineers:

      The ski tow bar can be removed when the stern seat back is removed from the holding clips on the deck. Behind the seat back is a 5" access cover that has the base for the ski tow bar. There is a bolt, washer, and nut that have the bar secured to the base that can be removed with a 7/16" socket or wrench.  Once this is done, then the cover and seat back can be put back on.
    • MichelBeeMichelBee Member Posts: 33 ✭✭
      Thank you for the quick response. Found it. It very simple when you know what to look for. Unfortunately it's not something that can be done after each day on the water. Will have to look at options.
    • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Member Posts: 418 admin
      Sure...glad you're here!
    • creedikiicreedikii Member Posts: 4
      Can anyone recommend something?  I've got the exact same issue.  It works get on the water but it hits my boat lift if the water gets too high.  I see there are telescoping ones on some of the 2013 models.  Would they fit?  Anything after market?
    • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Member Posts: 418 admin
      What boat model/year do you have?
    • creedikiicreedikii Member Posts: 4
      2012 188 Sundeck sport OB.  Thanks.
    • creedikiicreedikii Member Posts: 4

      Cool.  Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jbkenn331jbkenn331 Member Posts: 7

      How far below the deck does the ski tow bar go until it attaches to its base? 

      And is the bar solid throughout or hollow? 

      Do they have ratings regarding how much stress they can handle (just trying to determine if it can pull a 200 lb slalom skier out of the water.)


      jbkenn331 2014 188 SS, 150 Evinrude e-tec

    • nquirknquirk Member, Moderator Posts: 674 ✭✭✭✭

      The base of the ski bar is fastened down closer to the deck.  The question around will it pull a 200lb slalom skier, I can attest that it will as I've pulled a 225lb skier many times on my SS188.  For wakeboarding, skiing, etc its fine, but should never be used for tubes/towables.

      2010 Hurricane SS 188 OB
      2010 Mercury Optimax 200HP / Mercury SS High Five 19P
      2010 Trailmaster SC trailer
    • KeithKeith Member Posts: 10 ✭✭
      Is this the same for removing the ski pole from a 2006 SD 237?

    • jlakejlake Member Posts: 7 ✭✭
      Hi, I have a 2013 SD 187OB and my tow bar came loose.  How do I remove the back seat cushion's back rests to get to the access port to re fasten the tow bar (as mentioned in teh May 2013 post above)?  It seems like it's all glued to the boat and I don't want to force it off and cause more of an issue.  Thanks in advance for any advice!
    • jmartin8873jmartin8873 USAMember Posts: 1
      jlake-did you ever figure the tow bar issue out?  We have the exact same issue, where I do not want to try and remove the stern cushion to fix the tow bar and make things worse.  I think our Marina tried to remove it to shrink wrap and winterize and never got it back on right.
    • JJ_in_FloridaJJ_in_Florida USAMember Posts: 10
      Pull the lower seat cushion out and you can get a better look at the screws holding the back in place. Remove those and it will lift straight up. 
    • HEA2005HEA2005 USAMember Posts: 1
      Is the back seat removal the same for a 2005 Fun Deck 202 GS?  I've been squeezing down into the battery compartment and the opening on the port side but am getting ready to replace the spark plugs and would love to have better access all around.
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