If you live to wakeboard but your boat was not factory equipped with a wakeboard tower, all hope is not lost! You can still catch awesome air with a universal fit aftermarket tower. Choose the right tower and it will even appear to have been factory installed.
First of all, look for a tower that is sturdy enough to get the job done. Wakeboarding and watersports can put a tremendous load on a tower. Look for a wakeboard tower with a large diameter of aluminum tubing. This gives the tower greater strength and better performance because the stronger tower will not flex but rather afford a constant steady pull. If you plan on installing the wakeboard tower yourself, look for one with relatively easy installation (alternately, you can have it professionally installed). Ideally your wakeboard tower should be completely rattle-free while operating. Lastly, you’ll want to ensure the finish on the tower will hold its luster and look good for years to come.
Aside from having the obvious unobstructed tow point, you need to choose a wakeboard tower that will complement the lines of your boat rather than one that appears to be an afterthought. Specific tower designs accommodate swept back windshields or extra wide beam boats. Make sure the tower is designed to fit your boat’s length and width. Also keep in mind that you may need to have a collapsible wakeboard tower if your boat is garage kept. Many towers do not offer this option. There are several websites and wakeboarding forums where customers post photos of their boats with towers. Look for models similar to your boat to get an idea of what tower design you like best.
- Guarantee and Customer Support
Buying a wakeboard tower can be a considerable investment. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable company that backs their product with a warranty. It is also important to have access to support staff in the event you encounter questions during the installation or use of the tower. The last thing you want to do is save a few bucks on a tower only to be left with no one to consult if things go wrong. Look for testimonials and recommendation to help you select a reputable company that will be there when you need them.