Hey question for all you guys. i have the option of picking up a phat budde tower but the problem is it doesnt have the mounting hardware which is like a ball joint that fits in a saddle dealio. instead i was wondering if it was feasable to just take it and weld some plates to the bottom and attach it accordinly with the under plate ect. i had a proflight tower on my last boat and that was how it was mounted and seemed to be fine? does that sound like it would be an issue? i called up phat budde and they told me $500 bucks just for the mounting hardware?!!!! i thought that sounded crazy. what do you guys think?
Sam - Yes you can go wrong. Phat Towers are made to fit a specific boat, they are not stiff and the board racks don't work well. for just a few more $$$ you can get a better tower that will fit your boat. http://www.monstertower.com/monster_tower.htm
I have a Samson/Phat Budde tower. It was on the boat when I got it. I update the mounting feet from the old 1 1/2" round style that was on it to much bigger plates and added better reinforcements inside the hull. Samson hooked me up with all the new parts at a very reasonable cost. It works great and doesn't sway/shake or rattle any more thatn any other towers that I have seen. The board built-in board racks work OK and are great when you add standard fork ons as you can hold up to 8 boards. As for just welding plates on, that would probably work but it seems like alot of work when a call to Samson would probably yield better results..........
ok. fabrication done. tower is on. going out today to ride behind it. i put huge plates behind it cause i figured bigger is better. here are some pics let me know what you think. it went from just round tube to what it is now.
the screws are 1/4" stainless. they look small in the picture. they are actually pretty big. my old pro flight on my supreme had even smaller screws. they go through a huge backing plate. thanks for the input guys.