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    Wakeboard Tower to suit 175 2006-gctid354093

    Hi All,

    FIRST POST EVER ON BOC :-)

    Im currently in a market for a wakeboard tower to suit a 2006 Bayliner 175.

    I want to still be able to use my current bimini andd dont want the tower to be massively high or have overly large tubing. Id like it so its still in proportion with my smaller bow rider.

    Here is my boat with the bimini up;



    At the moment Im tossing up between two different towers; A liquid tower or Monster tower, but I am still open to suggestions.

    Tower 1 Liquid Indy - http://www.liquidindy.com/catalogue_product.asp?pid=47

    Photos of this tower fitted to a 2011 bayliner 175 can be found here http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Bayliner-...#ht_600wt_1270

    Tower 2 Monster MT1 - http://www.monstertower.com.au/index...mart&Itemid=76

    Photos of this tower fitted to a 200 175 can be found here http://www.tradingpost.com.au/Boats/...er=TP004911924

    Which of the two do you guys think is best and will fit over the top of my bimini? Im personally swaying towards the Indy tower as the other one looks very bulky and a bit out of place on the smaller boat, dont you think?

    #2
    Unfortunately I don't have an answer for you, but I'm replying because I am also very interested in this question. The canvas on my Bimini is thread bare in places, and I finally found a great canvas guy who is very reasonable in terms of cost. So, I want to have the Bimini canvas replaced before the summer season starts, but I also hope to add a tower later on -- so my dilemma is the same as yours. Trying to figure out whether a Bimini will work with a tower or not. So, I'm also interested in hearing what others' experiences have been along this way.

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      #3
      Of course a tower will work with a bimini it's just working out which brand and model of tower will work for your set-up.... Thats why I made this thread ;-)

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        #4
        kidafa I recently added a tower to my Bayliner 195. Mine is not the same 175 model that you have but my bimini is attached similar to the way yours is. I was able to still use my original bimini after I installed my tower. I did cut 1" off each leg of the bimini just to be sure the rope would clear the back of the bimini when someone was wakeboarding, but in hindsight this was not necessary.I added an Aerial Airborne tower and love it!

        [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/657228=24933-tower 1.JPG[/img]

        [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/657228=24934-tower 2.JPG[/img]

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          #5
          I just installed a used Monster tower ($350.00) on my 1973 Enterprise Tri Hull. ( "OLD SCHOOL" )I bought a new Bimini to use on it because I wasn't sure what I would need to do to incorporate it with the tower, didn't want to start modifying my current top and end up with it all screwed, up plus I wanted a black one where my current top is white.The new top was $130.00 including shipping.I mounted it to the tower tubes and not the boat. In place of 2 of the hinge screws I used quick-pins because the rear frame tubes need to be positioned inside of the tower tubes when it is in place.Since the time of these pictures, I installed horizontal stiffening tubes on each side from the upper rear Bimini tubes to the tower tube hinge joint so the whole thing is one assembly with no straps going to the boat.The front Bimini frame is attached to the tower tubes on each side with threaded fasteners.I also had to cut a hole in the canvas and reinforced the edges of it for the rope post to pass through.When not needed, the top it is folded and booted to the forward tube by removing the quick pins and reposition the rear bimini tube to the outside, re-pining and flopping it forward.The front, and rear lower mounts are never touched except for when complete removal the top from the tower is needed.Total Cost $500.00 Thank you Craigslist and Ebay !

          [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/657238=24935-DSC02290.jpg[/img]

          [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/657238=24936-DSC02291.jpg[/img]

          [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/657238=24937-DSC02292.jpg[/img]
          " WET EVER "
          1989 2459 TROPHY OFFSHORE 5.8L COBRA / SX
          mmsi 338108404
          mmsi 338124956
          "I started with nothing and still have most of it left"

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            #6
            Has anyone else got anything to add to this thread as I'm yet to purchase a tower but still want to :-)

            Thanks in advance,

            Chris

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              #7
              I myself just purchased a tower, still waoting on delivery so that I can get installed, I have 2011 185br, only about a 1/2 " longer then you, with bimini as well.

              This is the tower that I just purchased, powder coated black with speaker cans in polished aluminum as well as wakeboard racks in polished aluminum.

              http://www.h2osportswarehouse.com/v/...assault-pa.asp

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                #8
                A friend of mine installed one of these on his 175BR is was real nice and the price was great, He got a model that folds down. Not sure which one, might have to look at their site.

                http://www.bigairpylons.com/

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                  #9
                  :arr

                  I just got a good 175, 2006, runs ok and would like to install a tower with the factor bimini up. Has anyone done this, what model did they used, how much money, how long to install, one or two person job, U Tube shows several installation methods with legs installed on side of gunnels with requires 3/8" thickness in gunnell, not exactly Bayline thickness. Was any modification of the gunnels required to support torque and weight, and last question how much weight did it take from the 885 pound Coast Guard plate rating?

                  Chase' grandpa

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                    #10
                    JWebber wrote:
                    A friend of mine installed one of these on his 175BR is was real nice and the price was great, He got a model that folds down. Not sure which one, might have to look at their site.

                    http://www.bigairpylons.com/
                    Those are really cool, the Ice is what's going on mine once funding is available.

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                      #11
                      I am able to use my current bimini andd dont want the tower to be massively high or have overly large tubing. Thanks for sharing the stuffs. Really unique in many sense.

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