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monstertower on a very, very old boat?

 
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PostPosted: May 13, 2005 12:31 am    Post subject: monstertower on a very, very old boat? Reply with quote

After reading up on the internet itís clear to me that the monster tower is among the best, if not THE best, wakeboard towers.

The boat we have is about 40 year old Jeanneau . The width should be ok, itís approximately 70 in. But will the old fiberglass hold the tower?

Weíre planning on installing wood on the underside of the deck to divide the pressure of the bases.

The manual says something about gelcoat? I donít know much about boats, and English is my second language, so I donít know if we have a gelcoat above the fiberglass. Do we need it? Or do we just need to make sure the the tickness is at least 3/8Ē?

To give you an idea of our boat I included some pictures. If you need more info, Iíll be happy to give it to you.

By the way, the boat was very cheap, we got a good deal, it's looking a lot better now (red on top), but i don't have any new pictures yet...
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PostPosted: May 13, 2005 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool boat! I really like the old skool Mercury. Remembers me of some good times.

About your question; The gelcoat is the white part of your boat, so the body of your boat is fiberglass and to make the outside smooth and nice looking they lay a part of gelcoat on it.
For adding a tower onto your boat, I don't think you only have to look at your thickness of your fiberglass. I think your boat is not heavy enough to put a tower on it, your towpoint with tower is to far up then and this can causes you boat to sway alot..
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PostPosted: May 18, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

inmykingdom, I think i'll have to agree with Laptom, if you throw a tower on there it will work but the boats handling will be very much compromised, when the rider edges out the boat will lean and in the worst case it could start to turn quite badly.

I think you may need to look at other options for now. possibly getting a slightly bigger boat with more HP.

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PostPosted: May 18, 2005 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it will work just fine... Like the other two guys mentioned, I think you'll have to turn your steering wheel to compensate for the rider cutting into the wake. If you're not a huge wakeboarder and you don't cut that hard, and you just want a little something to help pull you out of the water, this will work perfect.

I think we'd all like to see some photos of the finished product, with a wakeboarder behind it though. Smile

Good luck & it's a pretty sweet boat for the age.

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PostPosted: May 24, 2005 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we're not gonna take our chances on putting a tower on our vintage-boat... Crying or Very sad
thanks for your comments, although i had really set my mind on it, we'll have to keep doing it the old-school way Rolling Eyes

instead we've got plans to buy a new boat after this season Laughing
all we need now is money - this time, a real "ski"-boat (thinking mastercraft pro star 190)

i'll take some pics soon of our 'pimped' boat in red with black carpet.
laterz...
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PostPosted: May 26, 2005 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

inmykingdom, Sounds like the best plan Very Happy

Good luck with it, and keep us updated Cool

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PostPosted: May 26, 2005 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i rode behind a prostar and it had the worst wake ever Sad
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PostPosted: May 27, 2005 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Entrust Clothing, hmm I'm not convinced by that. they ar enot the best, but they are very capable.

Throw some weight in and its not bad at all, some would say about the same as your Moomba.

They do need some weight but they aren't that bad.

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PostPosted: May 27, 2005 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i rode behind a prostar with a tower and no weight and i couldn't even clear the wake, i can clear the wake with ease in my moomba with no weight
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PostPosted: Jun 21, 2005 3:18 am    Post subject: update Reply with quote

as promissed - the latest picture of our 'boat'
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PostPosted: Jun 22, 2005 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! great job! Cool Very Happy
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