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1LOKMOOMBA
01-13-2009, 06:58 PM
We've got a new tower. I'm picking it up tommorrow. Any advice on installation would be fantastic. Wish me luck. I'll send photos.

Sled491
01-13-2009, 10:01 PM
Hey, which one did you get and from whom?

Oh yeah and good luck! :)

kaneboats
01-13-2009, 10:46 PM
Advice? Take your time. Step back and look. Look at photos on the web of your boat with your tower. Put it where you want it. Check underneath to make sure the glass is thick enough to handle it. If not, take the time to glass in some extra backing. Take extreme care drilling through the gelcoat -- instructions are available all over this board. And, as always, measure twice and cut once.

kaneboats
01-14-2009, 09:21 AM
You can hold her rudder when they drill into her.

1LOKMOOMBA
01-14-2009, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the advice. I got the tower from NEW DIMENSIONS today hopefully Saturday it wont be windy and cold. And yeah, Ed its going to be scary drilling the holes but Kyle will make sure its all good, he's stoked. WE NEED WARMTH. I will send photos but nothing like the berth of "MARTHA":cool:Got it from Only Inboards

jester
01-15-2009, 12:26 AM
Good luck on the install. Can you take pic's of the process. Would be intersting to see from start to finish.

tazz3069
01-15-2009, 10:26 AM
When drilling the holes, be sure to use a carbide bit. I did when I drilled holes on the bottom of my boat for the new ballast pumps. There was no chipping or craking of the gel coat.

1LOKMOOMBA
01-15-2009, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the great advice. Its 9 degrees outside so it may be a few days before we install. I will take photos of our process and post.

moombadaze
01-15-2009, 06:54 PM
get before, during and after shots-you cant get to many

9 degrees--bbbbbrrrrrrrrrrr

mustangairchair
01-15-2009, 08:00 PM
remember tape the area good and run the drill in reverse till you get through the gel coat

kaneboats
01-15-2009, 09:47 PM
Yup. That's more good advice right there.

1LOKMOOMBA
01-16-2009, 09:22 AM
Saturday should be in the 50's. Should I, Fiberglass the back plate or is the thickness of the hull enough?

kaneboats
01-16-2009, 11:15 AM
It's a judgment call you have to make. My tower came with 2 backing plates for each "foot". I thought the fiberglass was thick enough at the mounting points such that, with the 2 backing plates, it would be sufficient. So far I haven't had any problem at all. I would say if it feels thick you are going to be ok but if it feels a little thin you're better safe than sorry.

1LOKMOOMBA
01-17-2009, 08:38 PM
It's a judgment call you have to make. My tower came with 2 backing plates for each "foot". I thought the fiberglass was thick enough at the mounting points such that, with the 2 backing plates, it would be sufficient. So far I haven't had any problem at all. I would say if it feels thick you are going to be ok but if it feels a little thin you're better safe than sorry.

I did put kitty hair fiberglass reinforcement on the backing plate. so I think were good.