Universal Ski Boat Tower Buyer's Guide
by Lane Dawg Bowers
The right ski boat tower can transform your boat from an average boat into the ultimate water skiing machine. If you want to keep from making a big mistake, then you will need to get some of the facts straight about the difference between great wake board towers and average wake board towers. Pay close attention and you can become an expert.
Ski boat tower materials can vary greatly from one manufacturer to the next, but it is important to learn the difference. After using almost every tower out there, I believe that stainless steel is the best choice. While some people are drawn to a color, it must be remembered that those towers will be made of aluminum, but a stainless steel tower has the advantage of never rusting or chipping on the surface.
Even more importantly, if you ever scratch our stainless steel tower, it can be polished as good as new. On the contrary, if you ever scratch an aluminum tower (any tower that is aluminum or painted aluminum), it can never be polished out.
Getting a tower to fit your specific boat is always a critical challenge. A universal wakeboard tower is designed to fit many different types of boats. The key to getting the right tower is to make sure you get the strongest tower (guaranteed in writing) with the important features.
You will now need some specific knowledge about tower features.
The first lesson to learn, concerns the tower mounts. Every tower is attached to the boat via a mounting device called a tower mount. The thing to know here is that you need a very durable mount made of aircraft aluminum. In addition, you need to make sure that the mount and design of the tower allow it to be attached to either the flat deck surface, the side of the boat, or any other angle on the deck of your boat.
One feature that adds great value to the tower is a built in board rack. A board rack is designed to hold either skis or wakeboards up and out of the way by attaching them to the tower like a ski or board organizer.
Another great feature to look for is a tower that folds down as low as your windshield.
Almost all towers "fold down." The real question is, after it folds down, how high does it stick up in the air. You want one that folds down as low your windshield so you do not have to worry about where you can store your boat.
Almost every tower feels rock solid when you first see it or use it, but here is the real whistle blowing insider secret facing manufacturers. Most towers are not designed for the real world abuse that occurs in the lake when you are traveling over rough water or on land when the boat is being trailered. This constant shaking takes most towers from solid to extremely lose inside of a year. A huge indicator is if the manufacturer warns you to not tube or use towables on their universal wakeboard tower.
I was flabbergasted to find out that the most abusive activity you can do with a tower is to tow your family or buddies in a tube. But who wants to change the rope to down low when it could be up and out of the way of passengers. This also lifts the rope up and out of the water keeping tubers from getting sprayed in their faces from the rope dragging in the water.
The answer to the problem of towers loosening over time was ingenious. By adding an over-head cross bar attachment that expands, our universal wakeboard tower was so solid that it would not budge. We are the only manufacturer that came up with this solution and we actually proved our point by encouraging boat owners to tube with our tower.
One of the greatest industry secrets is the knowledge that most towers will get lose over time so if you do not want to have this problem, make sure you get our tower that has the only over head cross-bar attachment. This is built into our tower above and doubles as a wakeboard rack and is guaranteed for life!
Do you feel like you have enough information to get the right tower for your boat? You should feel VERY confident that this is the not only the world’s strongest wakeboard tower, but it is by far the world’s best value in wakeboard towers!