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wakereviews 08-05-2010 6:54 AM

Greatest tower design of all time
So, with all the new towers coming out, i was wondering what everyone thought was the greatest tower design of all time?

My opinion is the MB Skylon tower on the TWB and the Titan III tower.

eubanks01 08-05-2010 7:15 AM

I think most will say the old FCT on the Nautiques. I had always liked the Skylon Swoop tower on the old Malibu boats.

alans 08-05-2010 7:19 AM

#1 MB TWB/F21 Tower - Folds flat and absolutely zero movement, very tall, and great Bimini inegration
#2 FCT 1 - Folds ok and absolutely zero movement, board racks are not in the best place, kinda short, lousy bimini integration but looks cool
#3 Titan III- Folds great and fairly solid, could be taller.

For those of you (most) who have not seen what the TWB tower does, here is a video. http://mbsports.net/accessory_view.asp?accessory=towers

rektek 08-05-2010 7:42 AM

The current x series towers look great, have no idea on stability however.

bkey79 08-05-2010 7:55 AM

1) First choice are the Malibu Illusion towers. They have an "iconic" look.
2) Skylon Swoop towers, look great on almost any boat. Had one on my ol' Bu'. Sturdy, looked great!
3) Monster Towers. Kinda revolutionized the wakeboard tower for any boat at a great price. I've just never cared for the looks.

bill_airjunky 08-05-2010 8:17 AM

Funny.... it's a popularity contest. Lets see who can pick the top 3 most problematic towers ever that look the best?!

alans 08-05-2010 8:29 AM

Bill, thats easy, but no reason to hurt people's feelings.

bill_airjunky 08-05-2010 8:40 AM

So lets vote who has the best tower based on who's feelings won't get hurt??

Metcraft, all the way.

wakereviews 08-05-2010 9:00 AM

How is asking which tower design is the best all time any different than the riders choice awards? Also, of course it's a popularity contest, isn't that what an opinion poll pretty much is?

alans 08-05-2010 9:03 AM

I would say that the new MB tower is hardly popular compared to any boats in the big three.

But seriously, picking on bad designs is like picking who has the ugliest wife on the "boobs for ballast" thread. Nothing good will come out of it. The owners of those boats know their flaws, or maybe they don't, because of their owners goggles. :)

So what is important in tower design?

Board Rack Location
Bimini integration
Folding capability
Ability to hang speakers/lights
Wiring paths

cwb4me 08-05-2010 9:15 AM

alan is using logic .how the tower performs under every day use. others have based their opinions on looks alone. i can see everyone will never agree. which tower would you rather have one that looks good or one that performs good and is reliable? i know your answer both.LOL

tuneman 08-05-2010 9:21 AM

From a practicality, ease of use, stiffness and cost point of view, the Titan I wins by a landslide.

wake77 08-05-2010 9:23 AM

I like the X-series. The swivel racks are money, it is as solid as a rock and it is plenty tall enough to walk under without bashing you head. I have never folded it down, so I can't really comment on that. Plus, it think it doesn't look abnormal whether it is on a Star or an X-15.

alans 08-05-2010 9:25 AM

Titan I is a great tower for the money. My only issue with it is the Bimini Choices and that the front legs rest on the windshield when folded.

trace 08-05-2010 9:27 AM

Titan I and II get my vote for most elegant use of minimal material.

crosenhahn 08-05-2010 9:29 AM

I like the X-series towers and the 2005-2009 Supra towers.

migs 08-05-2010 9:41 AM

FCT1 fav of all time
Illusion on Mailbus # 2

wade_lewark 08-05-2010 9:46 AM

I like the FatAx tower on our Axis. Simple and easy to drop, but effective.

bill_airjunky 08-05-2010 10:03 AM

I suppose you guys are right about it being a popularity contest. Just seems like something like this should be based on important things like,
- how well the towers perform without breaking.
- how long they perform without a huge amount of failures
- IF the manufacturer supports the tower

Just seems like people forget about the problems others have had.... "Well, my tower doesn't have that problem".

Yea, right. I've been to a few of your houses, seen your boats, and SEEN the problem on your tower. Just because your in denial that your $70k investment has a faulty component doesn't make it so. People get hurt when these things fail. I've even taken one of YOUR WIVES to the hospital because YOUR tower broke! You know who you are.

I'd just like to keep it safe. If a company makes a crap component for these boats, don't forget it, and don't let them get away with it & keep on doing it to others........ METCRAFT

alans 08-05-2010 10:19 AM

Your right Bill, it is important for people to know the "Bad Designs" and yes several people have posted towers that have had failures and major issues. I find it amusing that they actually believe that they are the "Best Towers." I assume they know this and have on some serious owner's goggles.

polarbill 08-05-2010 10:20 AM

#1-2005-2006 Mastercraft Tower with swivel board racks. This tower was sturday, great looking, tall and had swivel racks.

#2-Titan II or III-Sturdy, good looking, easy to add accessories, cheap. I don't like the lines of the Titan I.

#3-Samson Razor or Switchblade-Both good looking, have swivel racks, can powder coat most of it to match boat, customer service.

#4-The original one piece Byerly Ten Foot Pole. Mostly because it had a silhouette of a naked girl and because it is straight old school gangsta.

clb 08-05-2010 1:01 PM

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cwb4me 08-05-2010 1:04 PM

IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT WILL FOLD DOWN. it may not be in contention for best of all time. maybe just best at the time.

mdaijogo 08-05-2010 4:37 PM

The HDS does fold down. You just need a ratchet and sockets. There is no requirements for how fast the tower folds down.


ralph 08-05-2010 4:57 PM

I really like the tower on the Epic. I don't like the look of the MB TWB tower personally

polarbill 08-05-2010 4:59 PM


Originally Posted by ralph (Post 1618341)
I really like the tower on the Epic. I don't like the look of the MB TWB tower personally

I think that is the Samson Razor.

david_e_m 08-05-2010 6:26 PM

That tower looks barren to me. It could use a couple of wine barrel speaker pods and a Romex harness.

westsiderippa 08-05-2010 7:26 PM

1. illusion x on a bu.
2. old fct
3. pro flight chubby, but it really only looks good on a sanger

westsiderippa 08-05-2010 7:28 PM

i also love the look and strength of a monster tower, for some reason when i see an old 2001 with a monster tower i have to look twice, it looks sharp on most older closed bow ski boats.

mckenna 08-05-2010 10:12 PM

its clearly the illusion x tower.

since almost every other brand has copied it.

05mobiuslsv 08-05-2010 10:14 PM


Originally Posted by mckenna (Post 1618494)
its clearly the illusion x tower.

since almost every other brand has copied it.

+1. Some can argue function (cars break as well) but nobody can argue the form of it.

apwrx 08-05-2010 10:49 PM


Originally Posted by 05mobiuslsv (Post 1618496)
+1. Some can argue function (cars break as well) but nobody can argue the form of it.

Agreed! It amuses me how some people love to hate on the illusion tower whenever given the chance.No problems here:)

cpeepee 08-05-2010 11:45 PM

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westsiderippa 08-06-2010 12:02 AM

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pc_sledge 08-06-2010 6:18 AM

Stiffest tower thats doesnt cramp headroom = MB
Best factory boardracks = MC
Best bimini = Z5 if it folded up.

Doesn't seem as if anyone one manufacturer can nail all the facets of a good tower at once. I love MB's towers stiffness but their biminis are terrible, look bad and fit and finish is very poor. Love MC's board racks but towers are short and loose.

ryan387 08-06-2010 8:10 AM

illusion x tower looks terrible in my opinion. I was disappointed when I saw some of the new supras have a similar tower

j2dna 08-06-2010 9:17 AM

Couple features i like about the Alpha Z on our Tige

Swivel racks
Integrated tower lights
Reversible tie off/light (interior/anchor)
Grab handles
Easy bimin topi set up
Super easy tower take down

Can't speak much on the durability as we haven't had it for long, but it is super sturdy.

kko13 08-06-2010 7:14 PM

I also think the alpha z is a great tower. If it were a little taller it would be hands down the best without question.

mckenna 08-07-2010 12:40 AM





next copy


next copy


haha WOW


whos next to copy it?

stxr_racer 08-07-2010 7:16 AM

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FCT1 2nd
FCT2 Titan 3rd

loudsubz 08-07-2010 9:12 AM


otown_dave 08-09-2010 7:36 AM

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Fct 2;)

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