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PWC towing a wakeboarder

When starting to tow a skier, the operator should:

  • Start the engine after making sure that no one in the water is near the propeller.
  • Start the boat slowly until the ski rope is tight. When the skier is ready and there is no traffic ahead, take off in a straight line with enough power to raise the skier out of the water. Once the skier is up, adjust the speed according to the signals given by the skier.