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By joel treiger (trigx5) on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 7:55 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Has anybody experienced any adverse effects of adding a tower vs buying a boat with one factory installed. I wasn't sure if they construct or reinforce the hull differently for boats that come with a tower from the factory. Thanks...
 
By Bob (bob) on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 8:57 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
yes, gel coat cracks even with back plates
 
By joel treiger (trigx5) on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 9:02 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Bob,
do you think this the case with most all towers or just ones added after the fact?

 
By jeff hill (hillbilly) on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 9:37 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
does your tower have hiem joints like titans or solid base plates. Hiem joints are supposed to stop gel coat cracking
 
By Bob (bob) on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 1:41 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
the first one had heim joints and it cracked worse, this one has large back plates and still is doing it. I believe the manufacturer added towers have heavily reinforced areas extending a ways away from the mount point, consider the stresses on a hull from a tower with just a 150lb rider, boards in racks, and speakers. If you add some heavy reinforcement you should do good but just adding backing plates i believe is not enough. The damage is mostly just gel coat cracks which isnt realy that bad structuraly but eventually over time the glass can only flex so much without giving up. This also depends on the hull thickness originally AND THE BIG ONE: HOW ROUGH THE WATER IS YOU RUN IN ALL THE TIME.
 
By Nick (drmalibupws) on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 8:50 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
To help prevent gelcoat cracks be sure to counter sink the hole after you drill. Also a must you need to put a 1/8 inch rubber pad between to the boat and the tower. Also it depends on the year of the boat. Towers have only been popular since around 96, and most mfg did not start puting them on till 98/99.
 
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