How to Install a Wakeboard Tower

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Getting Started

If you’ve been wakeboarding or wakeskating for a while and your boat’s stock tow points just aren’t cutting it anymore, then you have likely decided it’s time to put a wakeboard tower up. You’re not alone, a proper wakeboard tower has become a total prerequisite for wakeboarding today. But with so many options on the market it can be hard to narrow it down to the right wakeboard tower for you. This step by step how to will cover everything you need to know from choosing the right tower, installation and fastening, speaker & rack mounting, and even long term maintenance. So if you’re ready to lift your rope a few feet, then let’s get started.

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Selecting the Right Tower

There are dozens of aftermarket wakeboard towers on the market, and they all bring something special to the table. Take for instance, the Monster Tower brand -- these towers can be sized to fit just about any boat on the market and fold down nice and flat for storage.

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Installation and Fastening

Proper installation is absolutely crucial to getting the most life out of your new wakeboard tower. Remember, this is going to be a permanent fixture on your boat, so measure twice, thrice, even four times if you have to, and drill your holes once. Each tower will have specific installation instructions that will guide you through the proper steps, but listed below are some general guidelines to keep in mind during the fastening process.

If you bought your tower second hand and are left without the factory instructions, feel free to drop me a line and I’d be happy to help you out with some of the intricacies of installation.

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Mounting Racks and Speakers

The process of mounting your speakers and racks is pretty straight forward. For speakers, make sure there is plenty of clearance between the rope and the speakers. It can be very easy for a rope to get accidentally twisted around a speaker and yank it upwards during take off. Also, when it comes to running your speaker wire, err on the side of caution and leave enough slack speaker wire in the tubes of the tower to account for any unexpected speaker movement, I.e. what was just mentioned.

When it comes to racks there are a few things to keep in mind. If you’re dock space is tight, it is best to use racks that are easily removed, usually a rack that just slips onto a mounting point with a compression fitting is best. If parking space is not a problem, then definitely opt for racks that have more permanent fasteners as they will stay secure and fixed in their position especially when carrying a few boards.

The other thing to keep in mind when mounting both speakers and racks is clearance. You want to mount both so that the guests on your boat can walk around them without fear of head lacerations. And you also want to keep your racks in a place where you can easily reach your boards without having to climb or overextend just to retrieve them. This same rule applies to mounting other tower accessories as well.

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Tower Maintenance

When properly installed, a wakeboard tower will become a permanent fixture of your boat that requires little maintenance. Although most towers are made from stainless steel or high strength aluminum, they can start to develop pitting, especially if you are using your tower in salt or brackish water. Regular application of a metal cleaner will keep your tower looking new for years.

Another area of maintenance has to do with the joints and folding points of your tower. Be conscientious of dirt and other particles that can creep inside and create squeaks and groans. If your tower develops extra noise over time, the first place to look is the joints. Simply remove the joint assembly and give it a thorough cleaning, and if necessary a light lubricant.

Finally, keep all of your screws and mounting points checked. At the beginning and midway through the season, take a few moments to ensure that everything is tightened properly, and that there is no movement in your tower. Even if just one anchor is malfunctioning it can mean costly damage to the fiberglass hull of your boat when pulling a rider.