anyone ever use the manta ray tube?..i know a tube haha..but im thinking about picking one up..if you have never seen one check em out there on youtube
WOW thats pretty crazy looking. IDK about wanting to go nearly 40 MPH to make that thing fly like that. At 20-25 the tube can hurt pretty bad on a crash LOL.
Looks like they are pulling of the tower as well.
You can find reviews all over the web and you may see mixed reviews but pretty sure most are negative.
Doesn't seem worth the risk to me. Fwiw, they are banned on a lot of lakes.
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thats what i was worried about..i want to get one for the lake but i dont know if its legal in the waters of NY haha
It does look like fun but I know exactly who is going to get them where I like to ride. Ugggghhhh!
I'm not sure you can even buy them new anymore. They used to also have one called the Kite from Sportscraft that my neighbors had. It would sail 20+ft and I saw folks drop from that high when they lost their grip. I believe they (although, not really sure who "they" is) outlawed those type of tubes. Maybe find one on ebay if you really want one.
there all over craigslist anywhere from 250$-1000$
They are illegal on Oklahoma lakes due to multiple fatalities and serious injuries over the years.
I've never been in a boat with one but my understanding is you only go in a straight line while its in the air. That is when it gets uncontrollable. I have seen video of one climbing pretty high and the person on it lean too far to one side and it basically flipped over went straight into a nose dive and slammed back on the water on top of the rider.
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from a liability stand point I would not allow one of these to be hooked up to my boat. I can see someone begging for a ride then when something unfortunate happens being slapped with a lawsuit and or criminal charges
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I had one for a about month. First off the thing is huge. If I remember correct, 8x12 feet. I actually had it before I had my boat. I pulled it with my Seadoo RXT. I never got the air the that some show in the videos. I doubt that I went fast enought but it takes some speed to get it to fly. It wasnt that the Seadoo didnt have the muscle, it surely could, but we didnt.
It has alot of drag too. By buddys boat, older runabout with a 70 hp outboard, could not even pull the tube to get it to plain out. Thus the use of the Seadoo. I always had concern my tow pylon on my Seadoo would rip off. I had to lean way over the handle bars on the start too; to help with pull.
If you do get one, tow of the back. You can probably always sell it for what you have into, should you change your mind. Might be able to make a few bucks, everyone on the lake will be looking and probably want to take a ride.