Towing the watercraft
If the watercraft becomes inoperative in
the water, it can be towed to shore.
If the watercraft must be towed in an
emergency using a tow line, the operator
should ride the watercraft, holding onto the
handlebars and supporting his body weight
on the riding tray. This will help keep the bow
of the watercraft out of the water.
Tow the watercraft at 5 mph (8 km/h) or
less, otherwise water could enter the
engine through the exhaust passages
or through the air intake and flood the
engine compartment if it is towed too
Tow the watercraft using the rope
hole 1 only.
The bow must be kept up out of the
water during towing to prevent water
from entering the engine compart-
The watercraft should only be towed in
The towline should be long enough so
that the watercraft will not collide with
the towing boat when slowing down. A
good rule of thumb is a towline that is
three times the combined length of the
towing boat and the watercraft.
The operator of the towing boat must
keep speed to a minimum and avoid
traffic or obstacles which could be a
hazard to the operator on the water-