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Universal Wakeboard Tower Insider Secrets

Mar 13, 2008
If you have ever wanted to add a universal wakeboard tower to your boat, then you will definitely want to get some of the facts straight, and arm yourself with the insider information that the tower industry is hoping you never find out. Here are some facts that I hope you find useful.

Tower materials can vary greatly from one manufacturer to the next, but it is important to learn the difference. After using almost every tower out there, I believe that stainless steel is the best choice. While some people are drawn to a color, it must be remembered that those towers will be made of aluminum, but a stainless steel tower has the advantage of never rusting or chipping on the surface.

Certainly high on the list pf priorities for getting a universal wakeboard tower is that the tower can be adjusted to fit your boat. Although many towers claim to fit your boat, you will need to have enough additional information to keep you from making a mistake. What separates great towers from average ones is the ability to adapt to your specific specifications while maintaining its integrity.

The first thing to know about towers is that the tower mounts are the initial contact with the boat and are the foundation for the whole tower. You need to make sure that the tower mounts are capable of attaching to any angle on the boats surface. You may need to put these mounts on a flat surface of the deck of the boat, the side, or some angled surface. Look for a tower mount that is constructed from high quality aircraft aluminum.

Two great features that you should consider are how easily does your tower fold down and does it come with a built in board rack. Board racks are usually add-ons and can range from $300-600. If you can find a tower with one built in, then it saves you money. Unless you do not mind buying a custom boat cover that zips around the legs of your universal wakeboard tower, try to make sure your tower folds down as low as the windshield so you can use your existing cover.

It is a really good idea to see your future tower in action or at least to have the measurements in the down position. It is good to know how high the tower is when it is folded down to make sure you can fit it wherever you need to store it. You also could be saving alot more money if it folds down enough to fit inside your existing boat cover.

Almost every tower feels rock solid when you first see it or use it, but the real whistle blowing insider secret is that there is a huge problem facing manufacturers. Most towers are not designed for the real world abuse that occurs in the lake when you are traveling over rough water or on land when the boat is being trailered. This constant shaking takes most towers from solid to extremely lose inside of a year. A huge indicator is if the manufacturer warns you to not tube or use towables on their universal wakeboard tower.

I was flabbergasted to find out that the most abusive activity you can do with a tower is to tow your family or buddies in a tube. But who wants to change the rope to down low when it could be up and out of the way of passengers.

One manufacturer was able to solve the problem of towers getting loose over time. By trying to add a storage area up top, their expandable cross bar ended up creating the ultimate solution that would allow a tower tune-up simply by expanding the cross bar. They are currently the only tower company that encourages tubing.

No tower company wants to talk about their tower getting lose over time, let alone guaranteeing that it will not. For this reason, make sure your tower has an expandable cross bar that is guaranteed to keep your tower as solid as the original day it was installed.

Having the insider information is a great feeling, isn't it.
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