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Old     (adam)      Join Date: Feb 2009       08-14-2009, 9:57 AM Reply   
Hey guys, i got a notification for malibu's youtube channel on new video uploads... they posted this.. I really like the new tower!

simple enough!! haha
Old     (slipknot)      Join Date: Aug 2001       08-14-2009, 10:01 AM Reply   
Old     (michridr69)      Join Date: Dec 2008       08-14-2009, 10:08 AM Reply   
i need one!!!!
Old     (stepintoliquid)      Join Date: Sep 2005       08-14-2009, 10:36 AM Reply   
Im very excited to see the new tower!
Old     (jon4pres)      Join Date: May 2004       08-14-2009, 11:32 AM Reply   
Cool but it looks really tall even while folded.
Old     (smsbrett)      Join Date: Mar 2008       08-14-2009, 11:45 AM Reply   
it looks nice, but is there nothing that actually locks the tower up other than the gas shocks?
Old     (smsbrett)      Join Date: Mar 2008       08-14-2009, 11:47 AM Reply   
okay, i retract that question after a bit more research. they don't show it in the video, but state in their blog, there is a bolt to loosen first
Old     (sulmaxwell)      Join Date: Dec 2003       08-14-2009, 2:15 PM Reply   
Very nice, i wonder how the bimini's are going to look?
only issue
still bungees for the'n...i hate those damn bungees!!!!
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-14-2009, 4:34 PM Reply   
why would you want slide on/off board racks? So you can and have to take them off the boat every time?
Old     (wakefish)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-14-2009, 5:08 PM Reply   
i like the quick release board racks. easy on off for road trips. plus I have to take mine off to fit in the garage. Not sure I like the bulky look though.
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-14-2009, 6:53 PM Reply   
Removable board racks are an absolute godsend when you pull your boat long distances. The hardest thing on my boat to clean are racks covered with bugs. I really miss the old Titan quick release racks that I had on my last boat. Also, it looks like you'll gain some garage clearance by removing the racks when it's folded down.

I know that it's usually an option, so if you don't need the removables, you don't get 'em.

As far as the tower goes, I'm liking it a lot more after seeing this video. I'm getting kind of excited to check it out. I should have mine sometime next week, so I'll be sure to put up plenty of pics.
Old     (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       08-14-2009, 7:30 PM Reply   
That tower looks great. I can't wait to see it with a bimini.
Old     (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-14-2009, 9:38 PM Reply   
Wow, zero weight tower. What a cool, long overdue idea.
Old     (johnsvt)      Join Date: Dec 2006       08-15-2009, 5:44 AM Reply   
Tower is taller than old illusion and lower than illusion xs when folded.

Removable racks are a must for me, I can't put my boat in the garage with racks on.
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-15-2009, 8:02 AM Reply   
I think the tower up/dn functionality is the bomb and BU deserves props for making that happen. A taller tower is a good thing. Now, lets see the bimini please.
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-15-2009, 8:07 AM Reply   
BTW, the reason I would not want quick release racks is because my boat lives on a hoist and is easy prey for someone looking for some racks to steal.
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-15-2009, 11:18 AM Reply   
I would think that would be a reason you'd WANT removable racks. It's pretty easy for someone to remove a bolt or two to steal your racks. With the quick release you can either lock them in a compartment or take them with you. Seems like it would work like a removable face plate on a stereo.
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-15-2009, 11:27 AM Reply   
It sucks that people are just now learning about the "weightless" tower folding. Although it's probably not quite as advanced, Malibu has had a spring-loaded tower since the original Illusion came out. I had one on my 2006 boat and you could adjust the tension depending on the amount of weight you had on the tower (lights, speakers, racks, etc). It bums me out when I see cool features like this, but they don't get promoted very well. I tried to get the word out in one of our earlier articles on that boat (, but it still amazes me that people don't know about such a great feature.
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-15-2009, 8:45 PM Reply   
Good point David. I was thinking I would have to take them off, run them up to the house and find another storage place. But, stowing them in the boat would be fairly painless, not adding much to the entire shut down process.
Old     (wakeandmx)      Join Date: Apr 2009       08-15-2009, 10:05 PM Reply   
I like the new tower and the sliding racks. I just hope the racks dont fall off like my 08's have. I've had 2 break in rough water with 2 boards on. The single half inch bolt doesnt work very well. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-15-2009, 10:19 PM Reply   
What broke? The bolt or the rack? I can't imagine how those mounts could break if they were properly secured.
Old     (ian_ashton)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-16-2009, 4:00 AM Reply   
Those racks are absolutely awesome.
Old     (wakeandmx)      Join Date: Apr 2009       08-16-2009, 9:47 AM Reply   
David, the bolt broke both times. Just 1 bolt that holds the rack to the tower.
Old     (anodyne)      Join Date: Feb 2006       08-16-2009, 10:30 AM Reply   
Meh... it's just another gimmick-laden tower.
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-16-2009, 11:09 AM Reply   
That bolt is HUGE! I don't understand how it could break unless it was loose and bouncing for a long time. Can we see a pic of the hole in your tower? :-)

Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-16-2009, 11:10 AM Reply   
If that's a "gimmick-laden tower," then call me a gimmick lover!!
Old     (ridetillurdead26)      Join Date: Nov 2006       08-16-2009, 12:35 PM Reply   
for the guy who asked about the bimini... it looks a whole lot like the current one! high, tight and plenty of coverage.
Old     (king_of_wake123)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-17-2009, 6:37 AM Reply   
i think the chick is just realy strong
Old     (bboozer)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-17-2009, 7:49 AM Reply   
I agree with David on the fact that Malibu and their dealers never really promoted how easily their towers already were to break down and put up... With out tools. I have to fold mine down every time to store it back in the garage and that was a major selling feature to me that I already knew about... No one really mentioned it at the boat show or anything. I can break mine down by myself and raise it too... it is a little harder than it looks with the new one, but easily doable and no tools required.... (well except an allen wrench to remove the Titan spinners to get it to clear the garage header)
Old     (calexan)      Join Date: Dec 2008       08-17-2009, 8:39 AM Reply   
I wish i could lower my illusion by myself, but with speakers and racks that thing gets heavy. Its hard to pull the pins and hold it at the same time.
Old     (jv210)      Join Date: Feb 2006       08-17-2009, 9:07 AM Reply   
Chance, yes that's one of the problems with doing it by yourself, you cant remove the pins very easily by yourself. Once removed thought it is a one person job. On the old towers if it's too heavy, you just need to tighten the bolt to add more tension to the spring in order to make it easier to move up and down.
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-17-2009, 11:18 AM Reply   
Having to thread/unthread two bolts everything you raise/lower the tower is kind of lame. Isn't there a better solution than that?


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