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How can i make sure the tow rope doesn't get caught in the propellor of my boat?

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The most important rule is not to go in reverse while you have a tow rope out. also, when you are throwing the handle to the skier/boarder, coil the rope and keep it away from the prop

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Choosing the wrong type of rope for the purpose you are going to be using it for can result in injury and / or broken property. It may seem to you that some ropes are a little thicker than others, or that some feel stronger than some others. It is very important that you know what you are going to be using your rope for and doing a little research before you walk into a hardware store and blindly buy just any rope.

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We'll need to clarify your question from the posting place in Cars & Trucks. .
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  • If you're talking about something like a boat motor, it'll be more appropriately posted in a boat section.
  • If you got zapped by auto-correct, and are looking for help with something like a driveshaft, camshaft, or crankshaft, then we'll need you to post up some more specific information about the year/make/model of your vehicle and which part we're talking about. Any of those shafts on any vehicle will be a very involved project.
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