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cham
12-15-2010, 02:05 PM
I currently have a 99 Boomerang that I mostly use for wakeboarding. I realize that it's not a wakeboard boat but I don't want a boat payment and I was able to get this one for WELL below book value and in like new condition with 100 hrs on it.

Since the Boomerang is small my biggest issue is space. Three boards (one for me, my son and a friend) fill up the boat and using the ski pole doens't allow any passengers in the rear bench. A tower gives a place for the boards and opens up rear seating. Huge for space.

I am looking at this tower and I wondered if anyone has any feedback or experience with it. I don't know much about towers but this one has a lot of cool features and I will buy a bimini with it too (Florida summers are brutal).

http://www.aerialwakeboarding.com/Articles.asp?ID=199

Its the free ride tower.

cham
12-15-2010, 05:08 PM
I found some reviews online that were good, they were having a 3 day sale that I couldn't pass up so I ordered it.

dusty2221
12-15-2010, 05:25 PM
Thats a very unique looking tower. I'm sure you will be happy, and LOVE the extra space. Their board rack is beautiful.

cham
12-15-2010, 05:49 PM
I sure hope so.

Right now I can only fit two passengers on the observers seat. The rear bench can't be used because the rope would take their heads off. Then the floors are PACKED with boards and equipment. A tower allows me to fit 3 to 4 on the bench, 2 on observers seat and the driver (7 instead of 3) and gives me all my floor space back.


Since the design looks to put a lot of stress in a small area I'm going to lay down several layers of extra glass in the mounting areas, then put marine grade plywood then the metal backing plate just to make sure it's sturdy. It will make the job much bigger but worth the insurance in my opinion.

dusty2221
12-15-2010, 06:27 PM
I agree with the extra work, it will give you peace of mind.

kaneboats
12-16-2010, 11:57 AM
Tower looks fine. You aren't going to change the value much of a '99 Boomerang so, why not-- if it's cheap? It will work to make a great season for you. By next offseason you will be looking for more wake though. I put a tower on an Outback a couple years ago. I ended up with an LSV 2 years later. Should have just bit the bullet and started with the LSV. Then again, we did have lots of good times with the Outback. Sometimes working your way up is half the fun. But it's all fun. Enjoy!

cham
12-16-2010, 05:10 PM
Yes, I'm definately known for working my way up through hobbies.

My issue is that I'm a single guy that has to support a home & a child on my income. I have a decent base salary but it only pays the bills, very little to no fun money. I'm in sales so I usually see good size comissions here and there but they are spotty so when I want something like a boat I have to pay cash for it. I just can't do a payment.

Right now it's just my 6 year old son and I and I haven't wakeboarded since I was a kid (I'm 33 now). I'm not a fat guy but I'm 6'4" 245lb guy, not exactly condusive to doing backflips and what not. As a single earner I cannot afford any major injuries either.

Although I enjoy wakeboarding almost every weekend I'm in a place right now where it needs to stay where it is.

Right now I hold the title on a low hour very clean boat that allows me to wakeboard every weekend. That's just fine in my book

cham
12-16-2010, 05:13 PM
And right now I have her torn all apart. Cleaning, fixing anything that isn't perfect and getting ready for some warmer weather!!!

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/Boat055.jpg

Supposed to be 77* here tomorrow

dusty2221
12-16-2010, 05:49 PM
The interior looks really clean too, got any fullboat shots?

cham
12-16-2010, 05:54 PM
The interior looks really clean too, got any fullboat shots?

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/Boat008.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/Boat007.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/Boat009.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/Boat.jpg

sandm
12-16-2010, 06:01 PM
my buddy has that exact same boat that we board in. I know that you already ordered the tower, but he has had great luck with the skylon pole and a boardrack on the top of it. holds 4 boards, wakeboards pretty good and didn't need any mods to the boat itself. was $100 from a local shop and $200 for the boardrack online. only downside is he has to take it apart at the ramp and assemble again at the ramp and the cables that tie around the front hook are kind of clumsy..

you have a nice looking boat, and I say it doesn't matter the ride, whatever gets you on the water :)

on a side note, the wakeboard wake is not stellar on these. keep us posted on what you do, if any, with bags. with such a low freeboard, I know you have to be careful, but a few well-placed bags might really help get some elevation to the wakes..

cham
12-16-2010, 06:10 PM
my buddy has that exact same boat that we board in. I know that you already ordered the tower, but he has had great luck with the skylon pole and a boardrack on the top of it. holds 4 boards, wakeboards pretty good and didn't need any mods to the boat itself. was $100 from a local shop and $200 for the boardrack online. only downside is he has to take it apart at the ramp and assemble again at the ramp and the cables that tie around the front hook are kind of clumsy..

you have a nice looking boat, and I say it doesn't matter the ride, whatever gets you on the water :)

on a side note, the wakeboard wake is not stellar on these. keep us posted on what you do, if any, with bags. with such a low freeboard, I know you have to be careful, but a few well-placed bags might really help get some elevation to the wakes..

I actually have a skylon pole now. I don't like it at all. It's a pain to put up, mine slips on me sometimes, the racks for boards are expensive and I can't put my bimini up. Our summers in FL are BRUTAL and you need relief from the sun.

After I put the tower up I'll start looking at ballast options. My space is limited but I think people often underestimate the power of technique vs wake.

Jceclipse01
12-16-2010, 08:19 PM
this is my 1998 Moomba Boomerang with the aerial
Ascent Tower i hope the you will be able to make the freeride tower fit to the small beam of a boomerang http://www.aerialwake.com/gallery/wakeboard-boat-gallery.lasso?-token.model=Moomba

cham
12-16-2010, 08:31 PM
this is my 1998 Moomba Boomerang http://www.aerialwake.com/gallery/wakeboard-boat-gallery.lasso?-token.model=Moomba

I actually saw that in the gallery yesterday but I couldn't tell what model boat and what tower.

What tower do you have? Any feedback?

I've heard some concerns about needing to remove bolts to fold towers and those bolts wearing out.

cham
12-16-2010, 08:36 PM
this is my 1998 Moomba Boomerang with the aerial
Ascent Tower i hope the you will be able to make the freeride tower fit to the small beam of a boomerang http://www.aerialwake.com/gallery/wakeboard-boat-gallery.lasso?-token.model=Moomba

Wait, are you sure thats the right picture?

From the reflection in the mirror that boat appears to have V drive, a wrap around seat and a clear glass windshield and polished frame.

None of these a Boomerang has.

Jceclipse01
12-16-2010, 08:39 PM
Wait, are you sure thats the right picture?

From the reflection in the mirror that boat appears to have V drive, a wrap around seat and a clear glass windshield and polished frame.

None of these a Boomerang has.

its the pix below that one

cham
12-16-2010, 09:00 PM
Ah, 10-4 I see it now.

Nice looking boat. How long have you had it? Any complaints?

Jceclipse01
12-16-2010, 09:03 PM
i have took the bolts in and out all summer long and zero problems. i built speaker boxes under the rear tower legs to make the back stronger bc that where a the stress is

kaneboats
12-17-2010, 11:26 AM
That tower is sort of minimalist and I've never liked it on other boats. I think it looks great on the smaller hulled Boomerang though, almost like it was designed for it. Nice boat!

Cham, you'll have to meet up with us next time a big group of us heads to Clermont-- lots of kiddies so bring your son.

cham
12-17-2010, 04:55 PM
That tower is sort of minimalist and I've never liked it on other boats. I think it looks great on the smaller hulled Boomerang though, almost like it was designed for it. Nice boat!

Cham, you'll have to meet up with us next time a big group of us heads to Clermont-- lots of kiddies so bring your son.

Thanks

Make sure you guys drop me a PM or email chammac@cfl.rr.com the next time you go! I'll come out.

Charlie

Jceclipse01
12-25-2010, 06:50 PM
have you got your tower yet?

FamilyMatters
12-25-2010, 10:31 PM
Beautiful Boat!! Make sure and put up some pictures with the tower!

Merry Christmas!

Darren

cham
12-25-2010, 11:18 PM
I did get it in, I'm planning on installing it next week sometime. I'll post up when I get it on.

Jceclipse01
01-19-2011, 10:45 PM
hows the tower install going

cham
01-19-2011, 10:49 PM
Got it on!!!

I also just installed four Kicker HLCD's


Just waiting for warm enough weather to take her out and get some pics.


At the same time I got two 550lb fat sacks, installed four new Polk db coax's, a new Kenwood 12" sub in the bow and a new head unit and remote.

Nine speakers in my Boomerang is a lot of sound.

KG's Supra24
01-20-2011, 08:43 AM
Very nice! That's alot of upgrades.

Lets see some pics.

kaneboats
01-20-2011, 09:55 AM
Yup, pics or it didn't happen.

cham
01-20-2011, 12:15 PM
lol

I should have it out this weekend.

kaneboats
01-20-2011, 01:05 PM
It's getting a little warmer out. What are temps down by you?

moombadaze
01-20-2011, 01:53 PM
Nice clean looking Boomerang you have there cham.

cham
01-20-2011, 02:10 PM
It's getting a little warmer out. What are temps down by you?
It will be 80 today


Nice clean looking Boomerang you have there cham.

Thanks :)

It's not a true wakeboard boat but it has one of the best options for me. The title in the fire safe.

cham
01-20-2011, 02:13 PM
And let me tell you, it's been one of the longer and colder winters that I can remember.... With all new stuff to try out I've been pacing looking for some warm weather.

But I think we're getting a front through on Friday and will be back down into the 30's at night this weekend.

I'm guessing the water to be VERY cold :mad:

moombadaze
01-20-2011, 02:13 PM
It's not a true wakeboard boat but it has one of the best options for me. The title in the fire safe.

Thats a very worthwhile option-hope to oneday soon get one myself

kaneboats
01-20-2011, 02:29 PM
Still say that boat belongs at the spillway in Carbondale, IL.

cham
01-20-2011, 03:27 PM
Still say that boat belongs at the spillway in Carbondale, IL.

:confused:

kaneboats
01-20-2011, 04:15 PM
It's the Saluki colors. I love it!

Jceclipse01
01-20-2011, 08:58 PM
bring the pix on cant wait to see them i would like to see pix of all the upgrades:p

cham
01-20-2011, 09:01 PM
bring the pix on cant wait to see them i would like to see pix of all the upgrades:p

Lets see some of yours!

Jceclipse01
01-20-2011, 11:06 PM
i will see what i can do im not sure how.

kaneboats
01-21-2011, 10:38 AM
I put up a complete tutorital about how to post both small and large pics in the Help Desk area. Here's a link. Instructions start with post #3.

http://www.moomba.com/msgboard/showthread.php?t=5629

cham
01-21-2011, 10:41 AM
Worked on it a bit more last night. Everything is installed but I still have to figure out how to fish the speaker wire through the tower pipe. This part isn't going to be fun.

Other than that I am installing another accessory jack for the ballast pump and I'll be ready.

When is the next Clermont gathering???? Thats 10 minutes from my house.

Jceclipse01
01-21-2011, 11:02 AM
http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i361/jceclipse01/boat/0515101831.jpg

Winter mods:
http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i361/jceclipse01/boat/1106102238.jpg

kaneboats
01-21-2011, 11:07 AM
I was a big fan of the bigger lettering/logos but I have to admit it looks really good. It looks updated and slick as heck. Very nice!

kaneboats
01-21-2011, 11:08 AM
Oh yeah, love the ROO! LLTR!!!!

Jceclipse01
01-21-2011, 02:04 PM
Thanks i think that my wife and I worked 15hrs on just getting the old stickers off and then had to buff the boat. but i think it was worth it.

kaneboats
01-21-2011, 04:02 PM
You'll have to change your avatar pic once you get on the water.

cham
01-21-2011, 04:49 PM
Very nice, I love the new decals


Link to where you bought them from?

kaneboats
01-21-2011, 05:15 PM
I think I've seen ones a lot like them searching "moomba" on ebay.

cham
01-21-2011, 05:32 PM
I think I've seen ones a lot like them searching "moomba" on ebay.

Question is what color would look good over the burdondy? I guess white/cream would be it.

Jceclipse01
01-21-2011, 05:35 PM
http://phunkingt.com/phunkingt_002.htm that who i got them from i just call him and told him what i was looking for

cham
01-21-2011, 05:40 PM
http://phunkingt.com/phunkingt_002.htm that who i got them from i just call him and told him what i was looking for

I really like the way that looks on your boat. I'm interested in seeing more out in the open with the cover off. That really changed the look of your boat.

Can you give me an idea of cost?

Jceclipse01
01-21-2011, 05:59 PM
I will try to get more pix soon and i think i had around $140 in the decals. i just got a aerial mirror. i hope to build a box type deal in the back seat area to put my Straight Line Ballast Bag in and have a seat made for the top that's only like 2inch thick. We trip over the bags all summer long i think that should get it out of the way and my give storage if the bags are not in use

moombadaze
01-21-2011, 06:01 PM
When is the next Clermont gathering???? Thats 10 minutes from my house.


Hopefully soon as the water warms up a wee bit, its dang cold to us transplanted folks.

Oh the one thing you should be aware of with Clermont gatherings is the camping--Ed always brings his banjo and famous shorts :p

cham
01-21-2011, 06:06 PM
I will try to get more pix soon and i think i had around $140 in the decals. i just got a aerial mirror. i hope to build a box type deal in the back seat area to put my Straight Line Ballast Bag in and have a seat made for the top that's only like 2inch thick. We trip over the bags all summer long i think that should get it out of the way and my give storage if the bags are not in use

I'll be using ballast as soon as it warms up for the first time. I bought 550 lb bags for the front & rear. Too much? Any suggestions? How did the wake change if any?


Hopefully soon as the water warms up a wee bit, its dang cold to us transplanted folks.

Oh the one thing you should be aware of with Clermont gatherings is the camping--Ed always brings his banjo and famous shorts :p

http://www.moviemobsters.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/deliverance.jpg

cham
01-21-2011, 06:08 PM
Teaser pic

HLCD's aren't installed yet

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/Boat066.jpg

Jceclipse01
01-21-2011, 06:15 PM
550 i would say is a lot for the front I had 2 125 up front and moved them to the motor area one on each side and i think that help the wake a lot. with them up front i took a lot of water over the front of the boat. i thought it was my wife driving but i think i put more water in the boat then she has

cham
01-21-2011, 06:23 PM
550 i would say is a lot for the front I had 2 125 up front and moved them to the motor area one on each side and i think that help the wake a lot. with them up front i took a lot of water over the front of the boat. i thought it was my wife driving but i think i put more water in the boat then she has

My plan was to put one in the rear bench seat area and one up front, I don't have to fill them if they end up being too heavy, but just something to give the wake a little more pop.

I don't want them in the isle ways being in the way

Jceclipse01
01-21-2011, 06:24 PM
i really like that i wish i could put my boat in the water but the ponds near my house are sold ice and the sides of the lake are frozen to

dusty2221
01-21-2011, 06:45 PM
Wow, that actually looks pretty great!

cham
01-22-2011, 08:04 AM
Thats on Starke in Ocoee on Silver Starr Rd.


I hope earlier than March!!

moombadaze
01-25-2011, 08:26 AM
cham--FYI-A Florida MiniJam is in the works for later this spring, just locking in the date and will announce soon.

cham
01-25-2011, 03:29 PM
Sounds like fun. Is this a Moomba thing or Ski boat thing? Any idea where?

I didn't make any social events last year but I plan on making most or all this year. Hit me with a PM when things get finalized.

kaneboats
01-25-2011, 03:38 PM
It's usually a Moomba/Supra thing but we never really turn anyone away-- if they bring Yeungs or wings!

cham
01-25-2011, 04:52 PM
It's usually a Moomba/Supra thing but we never really turn anyone away-- if they bring Yeungs or wings!

Sweet

Where do you guys usually do it? Love me some Yeungs, but we'd need to arrange a crash spot if I brought those. I don't know how to buy less than four or five 12 packs.

moombadaze
01-25-2011, 07:27 PM
Sweet

Where do you guys usually do it? Love me some Yeungs, but we'd need to arrange a crash spot if I brought those. I don't know how to buy less than four or five 12 packs.


you'll fit right in and as for a crash spot, we usually camp out

cham
03-28-2011, 08:03 PM
Finally got a shot of it this past weekend


http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/cham_01/198077_10150210719098047_707708046_8975344_1797591 _n.jpg

sandm
03-28-2011, 08:12 PM
that looks great..

how does the boat handle with the added weight up high? and how does it pull?

cham
03-28-2011, 08:20 PM
that looks great..

how does the boat handle with the added weight up high? and how does it pull?

Thank you

I haven't noticed any handling differences, it still does 180's just fine :)


Pulls great, mine has the 325 horse indmar so its pretty under worked.


We were doing some sets this weekend, working on clean toe side wake to wake jumps and other stuff knocking the winter dust off. We were feeling pretty good till a couple young guys show up in an X45 and start doing tantrum backflips.

We just sat in the boat like this :(

moombadaze
03-28-2011, 08:27 PM
looks good cham. what lake you at there? still planning to make it to the mini jam in may?

cham
03-28-2011, 08:35 PM
looks good cham. what lake you at there? still planning to make it to the mini jam in may?

Thanks

I'm at Starke Lake in Ocoee. That is my home lake, about 10 or 15 minutes away from where the mini jam takes place.

I am planning on being there, I should be out with Ed this weekend helping with the film project. I believe I will be the camera boat.

moombadaze
03-28-2011, 08:39 PM
Have fun and take some photos to share with us if ya can

bbuhtz
03-29-2011, 10:16 AM
HOLLY TOWER!!! I could have fun on that jungle gym

cham
03-29-2011, 06:13 PM
HOLLY TOWER!!! I could have fun on that jungle gym

Lets hope some ladies feel the same way