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|Are the towers collapsible?
Yes, all of our vendors towers are collapsible.
|Can I pull a tube from your towers?
|No, tubes and other inflatables displace so large an area of water that the surface tension creates a drag force that well exceeds the safety limits for the towers. The towers are only recommended for skiers, wake boarders, knee boarders, and air-chair riders.
|Can I pull more than one person from the tower at a time?
|How far apart should I place the legs of the tower (from bow to stern)?
Barewest Towers have a stance of approximately 38 inches.
Big Air Waketowers
|I have the exact same boat as one pictured in your gallery. Can you use those measurements for my boat?
While we do keep a general database of measurements for the towers (as mentioned above) we have no idea which measurements go with the boats in our gallery. All of those pictures were sent in by customers/vendors and we don’t keep track of which boat belonged to which customer.
|If I give you my boat’s make and model, can you determine measurements for the Towers?
While we do keep a general database of the measurements of the boats we have fit in the past, we cannot guarantee a good fit if we use database measurements. We have no idea where previous customers chose to mount their tower on their boat and, if the tower was placed fairly far forward or aft, the measurements can vary widely. If you do choose to use database measurements and there is a fit problem we will work with you to get the best fit. However, the customer will have to pay for both the shipping of the new piece(s) to them and the return shipment of the old piece(s) to us.
|Is there any adjustability in the measurements for the tower?
Some have adjustability while others do not. Please contact us with the tower you are interested in and we will be happy to get you the information.
|My width measurements are not within the specified dimensions. Can I still install the tower?
|No, the listed measurements are the absolute lowest and highest that the towers can mount. If you are outside of these numbers the tower will not fit.
|There are so many towers to choose from. Which one will fit my boat?
Universal towers are made to fit a wide variety of boats, not just specific ones. This makes choosing your tower a more personal preference. When determining which tower to choose for your boat the first thing you will need to know, is the width of your boat where you plan on mounting.
All towers have specific widths that they will accommodate. Once you know the measurements, choose the style that you like best. If your measurements fall within the numbers specified, you should be good to go. You will need access underneath the hull to install the backing plates.
|What are the differences between the towers?
The main differences between the towers are material and design. The towers fall into two groups: semi-custom stainless steel and universal aluminum.
There are also “single-bar” towers and “double bar” towers. This is determined by the horizontal structure at the top of the tower where the tow knob is located.
Barewest, Big Air, Rosewell, and Vulcan Wake Towers are true universal towers that can fit any boat with a wide variety of widths. All of our universal aluminum towers are made with 2”, 2.25”, 2.375” or 2.5” 6061 T-6 or 6063 T-6 aircraft grade aluminum pipe.
|What is included with each tower?
Each tower will include everything you need to install and enjoy your new wakeboard tower. Each tower includes all the hardware needed to attach the tower to your boat, including the backing plates. Allen wrenches and our detailed tower specific step by step instruction manuals are also included. The wakeboard racks and other tower accessories are not included but can be ordered separately, unless otherwise noted.
|What is the difference in 6061 and 6063 aluminum?
T6 temper 6061 has an ultimate tensile strength of at least 42,000 psi (300 MPa) and yield strength of at least 35,000 psi (241 MPa). In thicknesses of 0.250 inch (6.35 mm) or less, it has elongation of 8% or more; in thicker sections, it has elongation of 10
T6 temper 6063 has an ultimate tensile strength of at least 30,000 psi (207 MPa) and yield strength of at least 25,000 psi (172 MPa). In thicknesses of 0.124-inch (3.1 mm) or less, it has elongation of 8% or more; in thicker sections, it has elongation of 10%.
|Where am I supposed to mount the tower?
The placement of the tower is completely up to personal preferences. The most popular place to mount tends to be somewhere mid-ship, often straddling the windshield, but farther forward or aft mountings work equally well. One thing to consider: you will need to install a backer plate for each mount on the inside of the hull. Make sure to take measurements at a place where you have access under the gunnel. Same applies to reverse sweep towers.
|Where should I take the measurements for the installation of towers?
The placement of the tower is completely up to personal preferences. The most popular place to mount tends to be somewhere mid-ship, often straddling the windshield, but farther forward or aft mountings work equally well. One thing to consider: you will need to install a backer plate for each mount on the inside of the hull. Make sure to take measurements at a place where you have access under the gunnel.
|Will your towers fit my boat?
Universal towers are designed to fit a variety of boats that are between 62” to 114” wide at the points where the front and back legs will attach.
Please note that all towers require boats to be 16 feet or longer and have access under the gunnels.