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I've seen some discussions regarding the use of the ski tow bar for pulling inflatables. General consensus is to attach a harness to the stern eyes and attach the tube to the harness instead of the pylon. The reason being the stress the tube could put on the pylon. This makes me wonder if these pylons can handle the stress put on them when pulling a 200lb slalom skier out of the water. It's water ski season in Southern NJ and I'm anxious to put my 2014 188 SS to the test. I've powered it with a 150 e-tec so I'm not concerned with the hole shot. What concerns me is the durability of the pylon. The pylon with the 188 SS has the ring/pin configuration at the top, not the one I wanted but it's what is standard with that model.
Is the pylon solid steel throughout or is it a hollow tube?
How far below the deck does it extend?
Is the area below the deck reinforced?
Do the pylons have a "stress rating" or something equivalent to it?
Has anyone rigged their Hurricane with a barefoot boom (just entertaining that idea)?
Appreciate your responses.