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Old     (johndk)      Join Date: Aug 2008       09-12-2013, 6:07 PM Reply   
Here are photos for anyone considering the Blade tower (http://samsonsports.com/wakeboard-to...keboard-towers), plus one of my original tower for comparison.

It seems very solid, and I love the "Typhoon" rotating racks (http://samsonsports.com/tower-access...keboard-racks/) that click into place and unlock by pulling a lever (though the boards will be slightly sticking out of the boat when the racks are rotated all the way in). It's great not having those front tower arms in the way, and my original tower was not nearly as solid.

I have the double-bimini option, and I used my existing PTM Edge mirror on the mirror arm that I got with the tower (I have bumped the back of my head on the mirror several times, but I'm getting better at avoiding it).

On the top is my (discontinued - argh!) Skireel ropewinder. Samson made a custom bimini cutout and a welded-on mount for the Skireel, at no extra cost). The new white nav light is on top of the Skireel (normally it's on top of the regular tow ball, which is still there in addition to the Skireel).

The installation was tricky for me (the video on their site should be better) - especially getting the exact mounting location, and there are a few tiny spots where the powder-coated paint was chipped off - I'll fix those with automotive touch-up paint. But it's definitely worth it for me.

I had a new cover (not shown) made by skiboatcovers.com, to accomodate the new tower legs. That also seems great, and only cost a bit more than I was quoted to get my old worn out cover refitted.
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