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Old     (hal2814)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-19-2008, 8:00 AM Reply   
This is a bit of a tangent to the buying a tower thread so I thought I'd start my own. Does anyone have some good tips for tower installs? The tips I'm aware of:

-USE masking tape for initial alignment
-Drill backwards to prevent spider cracks
-Measure, measure, measure and then drill

My boat is pretty cheaply made so I'm assuming I'll need some backing on the fiberglass. How do I do that? Will a plate of some sort just under the fiberglass be good enough? Do I need to fiberglass the backing in? I've never worked with fiberglass before but I'm willing to learn if I need to.

How do I get the padded vinyl off the sides of the boat so I can get at the fiberglass underneath. I can feel some bolts sticking through on the inside. Do I just unscrew those and hope for the best? Is it the sort of thing that's really dependent on the boat?

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