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Old    antifan (mars)      Join Date: Aug 2005       05-18-2008, 6:30 PM Reply   
I've got a bud who is looking at stepping into a used V-Drive. Where the boarding water is is seperated by a lowish non-draw bridge from his dock.
I've tried search but haven't had much luck. My google skills on this one seem inadequate-thus my plea for help. Anyone have tower bridge clearance specs for the majors? I've guestimated most at about 7.5 feet from waterline to tow point but he's looking for something more solid than my SWAG. He's not too keen on folding it to get under.
Old    Jonny (wakeboardlasvegas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       05-18-2008, 6:39 PM Reply   
a tape measure from the bridge to the waterline and then your SWAG
Old    Razzman (razzman)      Join Date: Dec 2006       05-18-2008, 8:17 PM Reply   
As Jonny says ... nothing exists like that to my knowledge.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       05-18-2008, 9:29 PM Reply   
if it looks close just add more ballast
Old    ManFox (h20jnky)      Join Date: Mar 2003       05-18-2008, 9:47 PM Reply   
if there are no height signs posted, hit the bridge and then sue.. then he can buy a new boat that will hold more ballast..
Old    Michael ImObersteg (kickflip_mj)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-18-2008, 10:12 PM Reply   
just eye that crap. you will be ok if not fill the ballest, if that doesnt work take the tower
Old    Clint (ttuclint)      Join Date: Sep 2003       05-18-2008, 11:08 PM Reply   
you must suck at searching

(Message edited by ttuclint on May 18, 2008)
Old    Andy Graham (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-18-2008, 11:29 PM Reply   
Take a tape measure from the bottom of the bridge to the water level. Then tape measure from the top of the tower to the bottom of the rudder/prop (this might be a little tricky but can be done). Then subtract the official draft of the boat from the "top to bottom" boat measurement. Compare the first and the last number and walla. When weighted down with gear, people, maybe ballast, etc. in all likelyhood, your draft will be a bit deeper than the official number making the estimate conservative.
Old    Michael O (2007_x2)      Join Date: May 2007       05-19-2008, 12:10 AM Reply   
when in doubt gas it
Old    Michael ImObersteg (kickflip_mj)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-19-2008, 12:36 AM Reply   
ahaha mike i hope we live by the same
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       05-19-2008, 11:26 AM Reply   
I know our ride uses less than 10' when it's on plane and it's a pretty tall boat (X-star). The bridges at the delta are tide marked. Off plane I would definitely put it under 8'.
Old    KG - (wakescene)      Join Date: Feb 2001       05-19-2008, 11:39 AM Reply   
What's the problem with folding the tower to get to a good riding spot? I fold my tower 2-4 times every weekend to get to my spot. I have to go under two bridges. It's really not a big deal if you have a good crew.
Old    Mike B (mlb75)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-19-2008, 3:31 PM Reply   
well I'd say that the tower in question would play a BIG part in how quick I'd be to fold it twice a day.
Old    eric ivey (ericlee)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-19-2008, 7:41 PM Reply   
Here is what to do step by step.

1.Get another boat and anchor it 50 feet away from the bridge.
2. Have your buddy go full throttle toward the bridge.
3. Make sure you have your video camera rolling
4. Post on wakeworld if he doesnt clear it...:-)
Old    ManFox (h20jnky)      Join Date: Mar 2003       05-19-2008, 7:53 PM Reply   
he could just cut 6" off of each one of the tower legs and then re-mount..


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