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Old    Ben Wilshusen (hyperboarder05)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-26-2008, 9:35 AM Reply   
This last weekend my friend and i put this together on my old boat. Its a 1985 Welcraft. I've taken very good care of the boat so its in great condition. we just wanted more air with the rope up higher and didn't want to put any holes in the boat. Its 7 1/2 feet tall and and only cost us about 80 dollars that we split two ways. so not bad, let me know what you all think.
Old    Ben Wilshusen (hyperboarder05)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-26-2008, 9:37 AM Reply   
Old    Ben Wilshusen (hyperboarder05)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-26-2008, 9:39 AM Reply   
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-26-2008, 9:42 AM Reply   
that looks like it's gonna work pretty well
Old    Jesse L Schaal (hyperliteguy_04)      Join Date: Jun 2007       03-26-2008, 9:55 AM Reply   
i think it should work well to....since i helped build it....its rock solid ya know? :-)
Old    MM (wakechica)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-26-2008, 10:10 AM Reply   
How big is the wake behind your boat? I just got an 88 welcraft 18' Classic that I am having to re-do the interior in and I was wondering what the wake looked like?
Old    Andy Nintzel-NautiCurl Wake Shaper (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-26-2008, 10:22 AM Reply   
Looking Good! I made one just like about 10 years ago, I learned most of the basics behind a 18' Forester, totally. The whole set-up is bringing me back. We even used inflatable chairs a fat sacs. Good Luck!
Old    Dennis (denwbaseball)      Join Date: Apr 2007       03-26-2008, 10:50 AM Reply   

Me too Andy except I'm still trying to sell my Forester!haha
Old    Dante (hal2814)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-26-2008, 11:01 AM Reply   
Makes almost teary eyed that I'm retiring my homemade pylon this year. I just got a cheap tower. My pylon was very similar. My base was thicker but just because I have some pressure treated 4x6 lying around. And I used a floor jack instead of whatever you're using for a pole. That support system is pretty solid with the 2 straps on the lift rings and one around the nose. Hope it works out for you.
Old    Ben Wilshusen (hyperboarder05)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-26-2008, 11:15 AM Reply   
MM The wake is bad for a boat like mine its no huge wake boat wake but it does an allright job at the right speed and when the trim is set right. i'll see if i can find a good picture of it and get it up here for ya. tonight sometime.
Old    Ben Wilshusen (hyperboarder05)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-27-2008, 9:30 AM Reply   
Sorry I ment not bad wake I was just back reading my last post and noticed that. So the wake is NOT bad.
Old    MM (wakechica)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-27-2008, 9:35 AM Reply   
hey thanks for the info. Some pics would be great
Old    Rob Andrus (robandrus)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-27-2008, 9:12 PM Reply   
Dude, that brings back a lot of memories of some serious jimmy rigging for my first tower. For our second tower we bent a pole around a tree to make a big arch, mounted it to the sides of the boat and ran a line to the front. For some reason it worked really nice, kept it for years.
Old    Torey (wake4chicks)      Join Date: Oct 2006       03-27-2008, 9:34 PM Reply   
thats awsome. same setup in my boat. except i have the ratchets to the front n then ropes to the back
Old    nEwJ_HoSeR (tinytdubb)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-27-2008, 11:06 PM Reply   
God bless budget wakeboarding. Good for you guys, have fun this summer.
Old    Nick McDonald (lsukuntryboy)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-28-2008, 9:19 AM Reply   
that is some awesome redneck engineering. lol. all it needs is some duck tape on it. hope it works well for yall.
Old    Nate (norcalmalibu)      Join Date: Jun 2004       03-28-2008, 9:58 AM Reply   
My only concern of it not being bolted down is the whiplash from the tension of the rope after a crash or a bad start moving the whole pylon around. How sturdy is it vertically?
Old    Ben Wilshusen (hyperboarder05)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-28-2008, 10:30 AM Reply   
it is pretty solid in all directions but there is really only one way to test it and it still a little to cold but its maiden voyage is looking like it will be the end of April.
Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       03-28-2008, 1:01 PM Reply   
looks good and I bet it will work. One thing I thought might be a good idea is to put a piece of rubber hose over the front cable. Have you ever gotten a cable splinter?
Old    WakeDoc (riverrunner)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-28-2008, 1:03 PM Reply   
mount a table leg holder in the floor to hold the pole steady and you can have a table for playing quaters when not using the pole.

Good DIY by the way.
Old    Torey (wake4chicks)      Join Date: Oct 2006       03-30-2008, 11:30 AM Reply   
one more thing.. u might want to put rubber between the base board and the medal bracket the pole screws into. if thats wut u are using. tension of pulling the pull actually cracked ours. so we added rubber for give and havnt had a problem with it since.
Old    Trace (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-30-2008, 12:12 PM Reply   
I built a very similar pylon about 12 yrs ago for my first boat, which was a 17' I/O so it was similar as well. That looks good and will work fine as-is, but I have a couple recommendations. If you use steel cable instead of the nylon tiedown straps in the back, it will be MUCH more stable. The tiedowns will stretch a lot under load. You can put a turnbuckle in the front cable to tighten the assembly down, and put the rear cables through some hose to protect the fiberglass. You also may want to lower the tow point height by about a foot. It will pull the boat around a lot less than it will way up there at 7.5'.
Old    rick ator (mkperceptions)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-31-2008, 8:09 AM Reply   



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