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Old    Rich (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       07-19-2011, 9:43 PM Reply   
What is Mastercraft thinking having this as the only option to the power tower? Bungy chords, really?
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Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-19-2011, 10:17 PM Reply   
Yeah thats friggin ugly! They must want everyone to buy the power tower.
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       07-20-2011, 8:53 AM Reply   
Lets hope thats a prototype!
Old    Shawn B (ShawnB)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-20-2011, 9:19 AM Reply   
The bungee rack looks to be the same base rack they had last year on the ZFT1 tower. You can still get the clamping rack if you want it on the 2. I really dislike the look of this tower over the 4 point but assuming it's strong enough it's a good move for MC. I'm assuming it will be very easy to raise and lower and uses a lot less raw material to build.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       07-20-2011, 9:45 AM Reply   
With the power towers, does it lock up and/or down or does the ram keep it locked? Just wondering if the ram lost power/pressure and someone was riding would the tower fold down from the rider's drag?.... I can't imagine they don't have a failsafe (like a pin or something) but since I haven't played with on in person I figured I would ask
Old    Matt (duckguy)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-20-2011, 3:32 PM Reply   
I like it, up and down and the un-restricted view of a 2 point with less cost than the power tower.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-20-2011, 3:35 PM Reply   
I just puked in my mouth. That is fugly as hell.
Old    Darren Yearsley (ralph)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-20-2011, 5:11 PM Reply   
^^^ What he said. FAIL on aesthetics for sure.
Old    Bobby (mastercraf)      Join Date: Jul 2009       07-20-2011, 6:30 PM Reply   
Everyone hated the power tower when it came out. I think the bungees are a step backwards, but I'm sure if this is the only option offered besides the power tower that it will grow on people.
Old    Jason (jason95gt)      Join Date: May 2006       07-21-2011, 9:15 AM Reply   
As stated the bungees are the base racks and you can get clamping racks just like now. This tower is either up or down. No middle ground lowering. I too love the 4 leg towers but the two legs help with ease of folding and visibility. The great thing about the MC towers compared to Nautiqe and Bu is that you can still access all the compartments and actually drive the boat with it down. As the other two towers sit on or above the driver. It will grow on people just like any other manufacturers tower.
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       07-21-2011, 9:26 AM Reply   
They may grow on some people,but others may not purchase a boat if they don't like the looks of it.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-21-2011, 9:36 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by jason95gt View Post
It will grow on people just like any other manufacturers tower.
Uh, no. They will just lose out on sales.

Why add to the expense, maintenance & support problems any boat has by putting a tower like this on it? It has no obvious benefits, unless the buyer is a complete couch potato who can't actually raise & lower his tower.

The only good thing about MC's Power Tower is that Murphy is makin a little bit off each one.

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Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-21-2011, 10:07 AM Reply   
Wait a second, is this the only tower you can get? They are going to completely get rid of the standard tower?
Old    Shawn B (ShawnB)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-21-2011, 11:58 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by polarbill View Post
Wait a second, is this the only tower you can get? They are going to completely get rid of the standard tower?
Yes, this is the new standard tower on most boats. 190, 197, and X7 will likely still have the 4-pointer full and mini tower available.
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       07-21-2011, 12:11 PM Reply   
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Uh, no. They will just lose out on sales.
I agree with Bill K. I will NEVER buy a boat with that tower on it.
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-21-2011, 12:18 PM Reply   
Mastercraft towers have always looked very cutting edge and cool. They were crazy expensive and looked like they should be expensive. If this is really the new tower and only standard option, it will affect sales. I think it looks really cheap, which is not Mastercraft at all. I would certainly not buy a sweet expensive Mastercraft and let them put that tower on it.
Seems like they are really cutting costs everywhere while others are adding to their boats. First the motors and now the towers..... I am curious to see how this unfolds.
In all fairness though people used to hate the illusion tower when it came out and it became an icon. Not sure this will happen this time, but who knows.
Old    Shawn B (ShawnB)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-21-2011, 12:28 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by tyler97217 View Post
Mastercraft towers have always looked very cutting edge and cool. They were crazy expensive and looked like they should be expensive. If this is really the new tower and only standard option, it will affect sales. I think it looks really cheap, which is not Mastercraft at all. I would certainly not buy a sweet expensive Mastercraft and let them put that tower on it.
Seems like they are really cutting costs everywhere while others are adding to their boats. First the motors and now the towers..... I am curious to see how this unfolds.
In all fairness though people used to hate the illusion tower when it came out and it became an icon. Not sure this will happen this time, but who knows.
Not sure what this means.... The base 5.7 Ilmor motor is AWESOME and I like it a lot better than the MCX that we had in our old X2.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-21-2011, 1:06 PM Reply   
Wow, just wow. The only way I could ever see buying a mastercraft now is by getting one without a tower and putting on my own Samson or something similar. That tower looks so ghetto. The first step to making it not look so ghetto is to get rid of those 1975 dirt bike shock boots. My go they look terrible. I don 't understand why they are puttin gso much time and effort into motorized towers. Aren't the Nautique and Malibu towers very easy to raise and lower with a single person and don't they have a way to keep from feeling the full weight?
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       07-21-2011, 1:06 PM Reply   
Shawn B, the good news is that the value of your boat will likely go up as demand for the old tower will be much preferred over the new design and would be new boat shoppers looking at the used market. I would be included in that group
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-21-2011, 1:10 PM Reply   
Shawn B - Not saying the motor is better or worse, but my guess is they switched cause it saves them money down the line since it is a sister company. All I was trying to state is it is another cost savings for the company. Sorry for the confusion. I am not talking bad about the motor cause I know nothing about them.
Old    Craig Emerton (craigtxmc)      Join Date: Oct 2008       07-21-2011, 1:14 PM Reply   
OK peeps, hopefully I can ease some minds and fears. After many dealers reacted the same way you guys are, MasterCraft wisely responded by halting production on the 2012's until the tower was resolved.
We have had boats due since July 6th, and they were supposedly completed last night at midnight with the NEW DESIGN 2-POINT TOWERS!!! However, we have no idea what they are going to look like until it arrives here in Fort Worth, Tx tomorrow afternoon.

And just to clarify some of the bungee cord comments..... The bungee cords are standard on the board racks. However, ALL of our boats will be equipped with the clamping board racks that set MasterCraft's system apart from the bungee corded competition.

As far as we know at this point, MasterCraft will offer base manual ZFT2 towers with ability to upgrade to clamps, and the optional ZFT5 power tower. The power tower is actually a really cool tower and looks sharp in the down position with rigid bimini.

If anyone has any questions please ask. I will be happy to help in any way i can. I'm not certain, but I would probably say the we (TXMC) will get the very first 2012 tomorrow.

Craig.
Old    Brett Treiber (pc_sledge)      Join Date: Jan 2006       07-21-2011, 1:50 PM Reply   
Thanks Craig, post up some pics if u can.
Old    Jason (jason95gt)      Join Date: May 2006       07-21-2011, 2:03 PM Reply   
Diggs, you have to get your facts straight about the Ilmor situation. The motor is just about better in every way over the Indmar it is replacing and it is not a sister company. For a short period a couple years ago, they were sister companies until Penske sold his share.
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-21-2011, 2:13 PM Reply   
Sorry. Just from what I heard and what has been posted on this board.... Not bashing.... except the tower is ugly... back at it...
Old    Matt (duckguy)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-21-2011, 2:17 PM Reply   
What is posted here many times is bashing and over reaction to anything new. I like Bill's Comment about Murphy making money on each tower. Nautique-The king of the ugly tower!
Old    Craig Emerton (craigtxmc)      Join Date: Oct 2008       07-21-2011, 3:16 PM Reply   
Last 2 cents worth from me....

Ilmor builds every engine you see in Indy car racing. Even if you see Honda on the car, Ilmor built the engine. The cars can't advertise Ilmor in the US. However, in Europe, that same car will have ILMOR on the side of it during races. I believe it's a licensing thing...

The motor runs synthetic oil, cast iron manifolds, and moved alternator, starter, and oil filter to the top of the engine which allows much easier maintenance and keeps those important parts out of the water if the bilge takes on water. 2011 MC offered both Ilmor and Indmar, but 2012 will be exclusive Ilmor. Look for them to introduce fire breathing 6.2L naturally aspirated later in the year.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-21-2011, 3:56 PM Reply   
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What is posted here many times is bashing and over reaction to anything new. I like Bill's Comment about Murphy making money on each tower. Nautique-The king of the ugly tower!
I hear ya. But it seems like the Transformer look to this tower is waaaay over the top. Murphy's original Power Tower was quite a bit more simple & had a more conventional look to it.

Remember Metcraft's old tower on Tiges & Calabrias with the integrated padded board racks on top?
What a POS they turned out to be.
Old    Tdc_worm C (tdc_worm)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-21-2011, 8:18 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by craigtxmc View Post
Last 2 cents worth from me....

Ilmor builds every engine you see in Indy car racing. Even if you see Honda on the car, Ilmor built the engine. The cars can't advertise Ilmor in the US. However, in Europe, that same car will have ILMOR on the side of it during races. I believe it's a licensing thing...

The motor runs synthetic oil, cast iron manifolds, and moved alternator, starter, and oil filter to the top of the engine which allows much easier maintenance and keeps those important parts out of the water if the bilge takes on water. 2011 MC offered both Ilmor and Indmar, but 2012 will be exclusive Ilmor. Look for them to introduce fire breathing 6.2L naturally aspirated later in the year.
Hmmmmm. I am going ton play a little devils advocate here. I don't have a dog in the fight , just like accurate info.

--What are your references that ilmor has a monopoly n Indy car engines?
--GM blocks starter locations are defined by threaded holes in the block and notches in the corresponding places in the bell housings of the selected transmissions. A raised starter would require a one off bell housing and starter combo that would net maybe 1" height before you ran into the head at an astronomical price. References?

I am often wrong but I hate "trust me" statements more than anything.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-21-2011, 9:40 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by tdc_worm View Post
Hmmmmm. I am going ton play a little devils advocate here. I don't have a dog in the fight , just like accurate info.

--What are your references that ilmor has a monopoly n Indy car engines?
--GM blocks starter locations are defined by threaded holes in the block and notches in the corresponding places in the bell housings of the selected transmissions. A raised starter would require a one off bell housing and starter combo that would net maybe 1" height before you ran into the head at an astronomical price. References?

I am often wrong but I hate "trust me" statements more than anything.
Out of curiosity I googled "ilmor mastercraft starter" and it came up with what appears to be the Delco top mount CCW starter. It originated as the huge direct drive with a pointy nose cone and now is the PG starter with no nose cone. Off the top of my head I believe the Delco number is 9000888 although it isn't available from Delco Remy anymore, or at least not in the aftermarket. Arco imports(assuming) a clone and a couple other companies import clones from China I am sure. So in reality it isn't new and would move it to the top. Having the alternator, starter and oil filter on top is great.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-21-2011, 10:07 PM Reply   
Hard to tell much of anything in this pic. Other than the standard starter location is empty.



Here you can see the oil filter. Guess it drains downward when the engine isn't running so it shouldn't be messy to clean up after changing.



Alternator on top
Old    Darren Yearsley (ralph)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-22-2011, 1:02 AM Reply   
Thats a real work of art. Certainly a contrast to that tower
Old    Craig Emerton (craigtxmc)      Join Date: Oct 2008       07-22-2011, 7:00 AM Reply   
We had a conference call with the president of ILMOR a few months back. Perhaps i am wrong saying they build "ALL" Indy car engines. I'm not a big INDY fan so i may have mispoken. I am confident saying they build Mercedes and Honda engines. I wasn't trying to start any trouble, i was just trying to help out with the blog. I apologize.
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Ilmor's ties to IndyCar run deep — our company was founded to design and build turbocharged engines for the American-based IndyCar series. The partnership between Swiss-born Mario Illien, British native Paul Morgan and American businessman and racing team owner Roger Penske was first powered by General Motors, and an all new eight cylinder turbocharged Chevrolet engine. In 1986, four-time Indy winner Al Unser became the first to race with the Ilmor-designed engine, and in April 1987 Mario Andretti was the first to secure an Ilmor win. The Ilmor-Chevrolet engine went on to win multiple championships, and rapidly became the dominant engine in Indy racing.

Ilmor later partnered with Mercedes-Benz to produce the MB500I, perhaps the most powerful engine in the nearly 100-year history of the Indy 500. It was driven to victory by famed Indy racer Al Unser, Jr.

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Old    Andrew Carnacchi (07launch22ssv)      Join Date: Feb 2007       07-22-2011, 7:18 AM Reply   
FWIW......Indmar has their starters on top for all models, that started with all 2011 production, there have been certain motors that always used top mount starters (mostly malibu).
Old    Quinten Remijsen (Quinten1993)      Join Date: Jun 2010       07-22-2011, 7:22 AM Reply   
I asked this at the mastercraft team talk
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=42609
Old    Shawn B (ShawnB)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-22-2011, 7:28 AM Reply   
The only bad thing about the switch to Ilmor was the death of the X1.
Old    Craig Emerton (craigtxmc)      Join Date: Oct 2008       07-22-2011, 7:32 AM Reply   
Our first 2012 is a few hours from Fort Worth as we speak. I will take photos for all to see as soon as it hits the lot.
Old    Wotan (wotan)      Join Date: Jul 2008       07-22-2011, 7:56 AM Reply   
The impeller still looks like it would be a pain to replace.... but I give them TONS of credit for moving the rest of the maintenance to the top.

Is that a dry-sump setup? Not sure how else that they'd setup the oil filter like that.
Old    Craig Emerton (craigtxmc)      Join Date: Oct 2008       07-22-2011, 8:04 AM Reply   
The impeller is more difficult to change on the ILMOR. No doubt. The engine is NOT a dry-sump.
Old    Wotan (wotan)      Join Date: Jul 2008       07-22-2011, 1:50 PM Reply   
Gotcha... I mistook the transmission/oil cooler as a dry-sump. Since I've never worked on anything fuel-injected in a boat, it was a part I was unfamiliar with! Cool!
Old    Tdc_worm C (tdc_worm)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-22-2011, 4:09 PM Reply   
Haha Craig, no worries, I wasn't trying to be a dikc, just trying to learn something. Amongst those things I learned was top mounted counter clockwise rotation starters. The following link is a good example of a starter and corresponding bell housing I had no idea existed.

http://www.hardin-marine.com/p-13240...-rotation.aspx
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-22-2011, 4:43 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by tdc_worm View Post
Haha Craig, no worries, I wasn't trying to be a dikc, just trying to learn something. Amongst those things I learned was top mounted counter clockwise rotation starters. The following link is a good example of a starter and corresponding bell housing I had no idea existed.

http://www.hardin-marine.com/p-13240...-rotation.aspx
I like the looks of that starter. It is a Denso design that someone has taken and made up the 2 bolt mount. Denso has some really good designs and makes a very good product. I am guessing that is just a clone from the ground up?
Old    Tdc_worm C (tdc_worm)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-22-2011, 5:42 PM Reply   
Took me forever to fine the starter on the above engine. I was thinking it was a true top mount like I posted in the link. If you look at the third pic, you can see the solenoid with the big red cable and terminal boot in the lower right hand corner. If you look at the first pic, the starter body is the tiny red sliver just in front of the left manifold. So while it is not truly top mounted, it is definitely raised, and it points in the opposite direction of a standard mounted starter.
Old    Jason (jason95gt)      Join Date: May 2006       07-23-2011, 10:15 AM Reply   
The starter is on the front of the motor, looking at it in a Vdrive boat, underneath the econtrol brain box. You see just the top of it in picture 3 above.
Old    Lionel (lionel)      Join Date: Nov 2005       07-23-2011, 7:48 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by craigtxmc View Post
Our first 2012 is a few hours from Fort Worth as we speak. I will take photos for all to see as soon as it hits the lot.
Umm.....Cliff hanger? Post pics already We're talking days not hours now
Old    Wakedoc (wakedoc)      Join Date: Jan 2003       07-24-2011, 4:59 PM Reply   
Damn - two strikes! Now that MC has deleted my favourite (205V) hull, and the only option for towers are these monstrosities, I'll have to keep looking (or just try and make my X1 last forever!).
Old    Andrew Moreton (andrew_moreton)      Join Date: Feb 2003       07-25-2011, 10:42 AM Reply   
I'll let Craig post more photos later but here's a pic of the first 2012 that arrived at TXMC last week.
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Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-25-2011, 11:21 AM Reply   
Wow, that thing looks like a big ugly pig and that tower makes it look even worse. Terrible job mastercraft, just terrible. The lines don't go with anything, way too much going on and just butt ugly.
Old    Ryan Cowan (aces6692)      Join Date: Nov 2006       07-25-2011, 11:52 AM Reply   
i love MC's but that tower is hideous, it makes last years automatic tower look good! thumbs down on the tower.
Old    Lionel (lionel)      Join Date: Nov 2005       07-25-2011, 12:05 PM Reply   
Besides the swivel racks which I assume are an option. Not sure what they changed? I like MC, but getting things out to customers with design problems is for the birds. i.e. VDig, Power Tower, Ilmor ECM, etc.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-25-2011, 12:30 PM Reply   
It kind of looks like they tood the top half of this ugly universal tower and threw in on the hydraulic base.
Old    Chattwake (chattwake)      Join Date: Jan 2010       07-25-2011, 12:34 PM Reply   
Well, I'm not a fan of that tower. Maybe it will look better with a z5 and a bunch of wetsounds on it. What is the function of the shock absorbers?
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-25-2011, 12:39 PM Reply   
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Well, I'm not a fan of that tower. Maybe it will look better with a z5 and a bunch of wetsounds on it. What is the function of the shock absorbers?
Those aren't shocks, they are hydraulic rams with shock boots over them. So ghetto looking.
Old    Timmy! (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-25-2011, 1:54 PM Reply   
Did they hire a new designer or something? That tower is very disappointing!
Old    Rich (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       07-25-2011, 4:09 PM Reply   
Theres no way that tower looks like it fits the X55
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       07-25-2011, 5:37 PM Reply   
I think they should rename it the ZST2 ....... ZERO SALES TOWER 2
Old    djstasevich            07-25-2011, 6:24 PM Reply   
No more tower mirror i guess
Old    Ktrent (ktrent)      Join Date: Jul 2010       07-25-2011, 6:36 PM Reply   
before we complain lets wait and see how it looks on a smaller boat with a rigid bimmini top. but for now in my opinion it looks terrible. i hated the power tower until i saw it in person with a bimini so maybe my mind will change on this to.
Old    Jason (jason95gt)      Join Date: May 2006       07-26-2011, 8:36 AM Reply   
When you are spending $130k+ for a X-55, what is another $5k for the power tower? The ZFT2 is meant for the smaller boats and I have already seen a design change on this tower. It has inlays in the middle which make it look much better with a bimini!
Old    jaubrey (jaubrey)      Join Date: Feb 2003       07-26-2011, 10:59 AM Reply   
Wow. Im 100% a mastercraft guy but there is no way I would ever buy a boat with that tower. Lets hope next year they have different options otherwise I will be looking to replace our X30 with another brand. Its just sooo FUGLY.
Old    Jason (jason95gt)      Join Date: May 2006       07-26-2011, 11:32 AM Reply   
Here is the fix for the towered mirror: http://redlinewatersports.blogspot.c...ew-mirror.html let me know if you need one!
Old    Matt (mattscraft)      Join Date: May 2009       07-26-2011, 1:45 PM Reply   
Here is a picture with the bimini up and side panels added, looks better. I am a huge MC guy, but still not sure on this 2 point tower decision.
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Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-26-2011, 2:12 PM Reply   
Why must they keep making ugly towers and then using bandaids to fix them. Here is an idea. Make a simple, functional tower that actually good from the get go. Their engineers suck.
Old    Ktrent (ktrent)      Join Date: Jul 2010       07-26-2011, 3:43 PM Reply   
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Here is the fix for the towered mirror: http://redlinewatersports.blogspot.c...ew-mirror.html let me know if you need one!
what ever happened to just using what we used years ago. the two small brackets on the widow frame and thumb screws to hold the mirror on. works perfect. thats what i still use on my current boat. its right in front of you so its a perfect view. it blocks more wind and you can lay it down at night or when covering. simple yet functional.

and i was hopping that with a bimini on a smaller boat would be better but come on mastercraft, straps for the bimini, we have towers now in 2011 we used straps in 1999 when we all had exteded pylons. the new tower is just plain weird, it kind makes me think of the wings on those river race jet boats.

i agree when your paying over 80 grand for a boat why would you get a downgrade like this.
Old    Greg Taylor (gregtay)      Join Date: Aug 2008       07-26-2011, 3:54 PM Reply   
What in the world is the purpose of the side panels?.... is this seriously just extra material added to try to make the tower look better?
Old    Rich (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       07-26-2011, 4:07 PM Reply   
That tower is still ugly with the side covers and the bimini is a giant step backwards.
Old    Sasha.... (Sasha2)      Join Date: Nov 2010       07-26-2011, 9:07 PM Reply   
Wow.. That is quite something...hmmm at least they have their name to pull them through.
Old    Joshua Creasman (tnvolgrad)      Join Date: Dec 2010       07-26-2011, 9:36 PM Reply   
They spent all their design time on that POS tower, then copied Tige's layout on the dash (e.g. 2012 MC touch screen is positioned very similar to that of Tige's layout ) - then once they finished designing such a crappy tower, they put a cup holder right above the new touch screen. What a bunch of morons - they have gotten big, fat, dumb, and happy - meanwhile the other brands are passing them.

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Old    Bevan (stxr_racer)      Join Date: Jun 2006       07-26-2011, 9:43 PM Reply   
MC build nice boats but that tower sucks!
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-26-2011, 9:44 PM Reply   
it's as if their engineers don't even use the boats. bad to worse in my opinion, and I am/was an MC guy. It's frustrating because they support the sport with so much, except their boats don't seem to cater to the riders/skiers anymore.
Old    Joshua Creasman (tnvolgrad)      Join Date: Dec 2010       07-26-2011, 9:53 PM Reply   
A follow up to the knock off Tige Dash - what a joke. Atleast make up for that crappy tower with something original.




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Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-26-2011, 9:59 PM Reply   
This was brought up in the skiing world, as Nautique moved their speed control to that area as well on the new 200. Why exactly do you want the driver looking down and to the right while driving. It's not a radio in a car, it's something that is monitored during the pull. speaking of, buttons on the steering wheel, when will that happen (if it has let me know)
Old     (Thrall)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-27-2011, 2:48 PM Reply   
I dunno, cup holder on the dash is a great idea I think, either for drinks or just a cubby....as long as they didn't get rid of the cup holders down under the throttle.
Where else would you suggest they put the touch screen (other than up their $%#^, since I don't like touch screen digital controls anyway)? Looks like the best place to me, except all the left handed poeple will biatch about it! They didn't copy anyone on that. Did Ford copy Chevy by putting a speedometer in front of the steering wheel? Nope, that's where it's supposed to go.

I still think the ZFT2 tower looks like crap, just a little less crappy with the side panels.
Don't like the bimini 7.5 ft in the air either. Nice to walk under, doesn't provide much shade and straps???? really??? I even ditched bimini straps on my '96 once I got a tower to mount the bimini on!

ANd please no steering wheel controls, don't even think of adding them!
Old    Greg Taylor (gregtay)      Join Date: Aug 2008       07-27-2011, 2:56 PM Reply   
Where do all the bimini poles end up when the bimini is folded up? I hope the front of that bimini doesn't shake like crazy over bumps. Sort of looks like something you would see on a sea ray or four winns. Maybe the Tower Bimini guys can come up with something that looks better.
Old    Timmy! (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-27-2011, 3:03 PM Reply   
I don't think steering wheel controls would work due to a boat wheel not having a "true center". It's not like a car where the majority of your time is spent with the wheel perfectly centered.
Old    Bret Rogers (bmr82)      Join Date: Jul 2008       07-27-2011, 7:59 PM Reply   
I rode in that X-55 that TXMC has last weekend. I'm not a fan of the look of the tower, I don't remember it having bungees. I think it was the locking set up as before. I will say that the tower is study. You can't budge that thing man. It's stout. And folding it down is really nice and easy. You have to pull it down even with the four speakers. Again, not a fan of the looks though. But for what it's worth, it's a solid unit.
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-27-2011, 8:10 PM Reply   
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I don't think steering wheel controls would work due to a boat wheel not having a "true center". It's not like a car where the majority of your time is spent with the wheel perfectly centered.
you don't drive straight lines for your riders? i can tune the radio in my car without the steering wheel being straight/forward.
Old    Rich (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       07-27-2011, 9:17 PM Reply   
Oh no it gets worse with the new dash! What is that big hole or cut out opposite of the new BIG display? And what are those knobs instead of toggle switches? Come on really! It has a generic look to the whole thing from the tower to the dash. I know they make all there own aluminum stuff, but do they have to keep using it?
Old    Shawn B (ShawnB)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-28-2011, 6:33 AM Reply   
Considering that the Tige Touch, Malivue, and BIG are all actually made by Medallion, I don't really have a problem with the placement. One of the few things I don't like about the 2011 X25 is how high the BIG screen is. It's convenient to look at but not so easy to see past.

The biggest disappointment is that with a totally new system for 2012 I probably won't be seeing any software updates for the 2011 BIG.
Old    Timmy! (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-28-2011, 8:03 AM Reply   
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you don't drive straight lines for your riders? i can tune the radio in my car without the steering wheel being straight/forward.
I do. It depends on the type of controls they put on the steering wheel and their placement as to how good/bad it would work.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       07-28-2011, 8:08 AM Reply   
There is a new software update for the 2011 BIG. It came in the most recent 2011's that we got in. The interface is a lot like the touch screen software.

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