Water sport towing apparatus

CAFC
  • US 6,374,762 B1
  • Filed: 07/24/2000
  • Issued: 04/23/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for providing a sports towing vessel and towing a wakeboard performer on a body of water with the sports towing vessel so as to improve the ability of the performer to achieve greater height during towing while maintaining the stability of the vessel, the method comprising the steps of:

  • providing the sports towing vessel having a bow, a stern, opposing starboard and port gunwales, an operator'"'"'s station forwardly from amidships toward the bow and a windshield mounted between the gunwales in front of the operator'"'"'s station;

    fitting a rigid skeletal towing frame to the vessel for elevating a tow rope attachment point substantially above a level of the operator station, the skeletal towing frame fitting step including;

    a) attaching a first support to the starboard gunwale forward of the windshield;

    b) attaching a second support to the port gunwale forward of the windshield;

    c) forming each of the first and second supports in an angular relationship with the respective gunwales so as to extend vertically and rearwardly toward the stern;

    d) providing the first and second supports with sufficient length so that the vertical extremities thereof extend rearwardly across and over the windshield;

    e) attaching a third support to the starboard gunwale aft of the first support;

    f) attaching a fourth support to the port gunwale aft of the second support;

    g) spacing the third support from the first support, and the fourth support from the second support a sufficient distance to impart stability to the skeletal towing structure; and

    h) providing mechanical coupling means for coupling the upper portions of the first, second, third and fourth supports rigidly together;

    fitting the tow rope attachment point with the mechanical coupling means; and

    towing the wakeboard performer with the sports towing vessel by a tow rope attached to the tow rope attachment point.

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