Marine Tow Bridle
Protect Floating Turbidity Barrier and Boom During Installation
GEI Works Work's Marine Tow Bridle protects your floating turbidity barrier investment from potential damage caused by stress from towing. Use this convenient tow bridle during silt curtain installation (or relocation) to safely deliver the floating turbidity barrier to its in-water destination.
When towing a floating turbidity barrier, a significant amount of load is placed on the curtain by the force of the water against it. This load stress can damage and tear the silt curtain before it's even installed. This is where the tow bridle can help. The marine tow bridle is inexpensive, easy-to-use, and practical.
A Marine Tow Bridle Protects Against Load Strain
The Marine Towing Bridle evenly distributes the load and pressure caused by towing the curtain. If a tow bridle isn't used, the pressure of the load is focused directly on the towing point of the curtain and can easily tear the curtain. Simply put, the marine tow bridle, distributes the towing pressure to prevent damage to the curtain.
Depending on the size and style of the boom or floating turbidity barrier, these towing bridles are available in small, medium, large, and heavy duty model options.
For additional cost savings, use this rugged marine tow bridle over and over again. Should it accidentally be dropped in the water during installation of the silt curtain, all is not lost. Fortunately, the attached float is there to keep the tow bridle afloat until you can retrieve it.
Marine Towing Bridle Installation and Use
Using the installation instructions provided with the turbidity curtain or floating barrier, you'll follow these general steps:
- Align and attach the curtain's or barrier's panels (in order) near the water's shore.
- Attach the tow bridle's connector to the end connector of the containment barrier, per the instructions provided.
- Secure the connection with a toggle pin.
- Attach the opposite end of the tow bridle to the towing boat.
- Keep the bottom skirt tied up to help to ease the towing process and make it easier to maneuver.
- Slowly drive the boat away from the shoreline, with manual assistance in moving the remaining curtain toward the water's edge.
- Once in place, anchor the boat, then complete the floating barrier installation by utilizing Pre-Assembled Anchor Kits at the proper anchor placement, and then unfurling the skirt (if installing turbidity curtain).
Note: Tow bridles are sometimes also used as land anchoring devices. GEI Works also manufactures other land anchors. Please contact us for more information on which land anchoring system will work best for your project.