How often do you run over your tow rope? With over about 180 hours of boating this year I did it twice. The first time was in a pretty clear lake. It was fairly easy to see the rope and handle, after a few minutes of diving I cleared the rope from the prop. The second time was in a somewhat murky lake. I couldnít see a thing under the boat. I was pretty far up stream of the damn and had plenty of time to clear the rope, otherwise it could have gotten exciting.
Iíve run over my rope in my old I/O. Unraveling the rope was much easier; just lift the out drive for a good view of the problem. Itís a lot more difficult to clear your rope on an inboard.
How about carrying a water proof flash light on board, a cheap and obvious solution. A high end inboard manufacture could even build an under hull lamp near the drive shaft, what do you think?
I know, I know, watch what youíre doing, pull in the rope when you stop, but youíre going to miss it once in a while and then you're going diving. A little preparedness could go a long way.