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Billy Goat
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Please can you recommend your preferred waist mounted towing systems and on-line retailers? Thanks BG
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The Valley one is very good but rather expensive. I had one but lost it so I made myself one - it was quite easy. The Nigel Dennis one is perfectly adequate and a bit cheaper than the likes of North Water and Valley.
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I find the Palm Ocean Pro easy to deploy, connect and re-pack.

Available (amongst others) at:
http://www.canoesandkayaks.co.uk/produc ... _Line_Palm
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Until Jeff Allen has put his brilliant combo of towline/throwline/sea drogue into larger scale production, I will also recommend the Palm Ocean Pro. Small and unobtrusive when you don't need it and easy to deploy. I find repacking it into that small bag difficult though, mine goes under the BA after use. Jeff's system is the one to have though, when it becomes available.
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I've got the ocean pro, but I was told by someone at a symposium that the plastic karabiner can open up, so I've upgraded it to a metal one.
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The upgraded Sea Tec tow line by North Water packs down to nothing, has a bag with a huge mouth and 30 feet of good quality rope.
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i have two that i bounce between.....
#1 the SeaTec from Northwater (See the above post for the link)...good size..easy to use/drop/repack.....
then i got this one:
Expedition Essentials Tow Belt.
http://virginiaseakayakcenter.com/catal ... ety%20Gear
...Dale Williams made this....not certain if you can get it easily in the UK...it is lighter (bag/clip) than the Northwater one.....nice mesh bottom to drain.....the other cool thing is that there is a rock climbing "runner" that attaches the line to the clip....that provides a nice flat area to grasp the line when hooking up....because the runner is dyneema it also floats quite well without an extra float too....
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easy to make your own, floating rope 15m about £8, 50mm stainless tack hook- £4, 2m 50mm polyester webbing £3, cam lock 50mm buckle £2, 0.5m cordura for the bag, £2, some oddments of velcro, a small piece of cord and 10mm bead for the quick release, and maybe a strong nylon bungie hook for hooking back the daisy chain. An hour with a sewing machine. and for £20 you have something better than a £75 commercial offering.
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The North Water Quick-release is my preference & that of a lot of the professional coaches up here in North Wales. It's £20 cheaper than the Sea-Tec at £64.95 and if you don't need the ability to convert this to a deck mounted tow is £20 more in your pocket.

I have to admit to having a vested interest though, as I do stock them.
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I'm coming from a position of complete lack of experience here, but it just strikes me the cost of a deck mounted system could be well worth it to avoid the potential forces acting on your spine via a waist system - or is this not a real risk? My partner and I got the bits for deck systems for both our boats from a chandlery for I think under £70.
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Tow systems for £65???

Mine are £30 - I knew I was under pricing them. Throw bag, waist belt, stainless carabiner, floating rope, quick release etc.....
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I think the best waist mounted system on the market is the Kokotat one, and yes it is expensive but in my opinion its miles ahead of the rest.
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RichardCree wrote:I think the best waist mounted system on the market is the Kokotat one, and yes it is expensive but in my opinion its miles ahead of the rest.
here it is http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=1829 J
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Thanks everyone - in the end went for the Palm Ocean Pro - one question - is the metal d ring on the belt to enable you tie off to make towing rope shorter if needed? Work with me here guys - this will not be my last silly newbie question!
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According to Palm it is for "rigging short tows". I'm not sure how you would do that though.

People usually keep their line fairly short by daisy chaining it, and let it out only when they need a long tow.
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After an amount of trawling through some (very good) stuff in the almanac about tow systems I still can't find anything that shows me how to 'daisy-chain' a length of rope..?

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Seek, and thou shalt find - - -

(Which I will use in the article - - )

Hope this helps - Mike
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That's great MIke, thanks :-)

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