Tools and Supplies
*Monster Tower MT1 ($799, monstertower.com)
*Chalk line (to snap a line between the mounting bases)
*Power drill and bits
*Cleanup rags (to wipe off excess sealant)
First developed for ski boats and V-drive tow boats, wakeboard towers have since migrated to all sorts of craft, including runabouts and deck boats. The elevated, central tow point enhances water-sports activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding and barefooting.
Adding a universal tower from companies such as Aerial Wakeboarding Products (aerialwakeboarding.com) or Monster Tower (monstertower.com) is relatively easy. Here we show how to install Monster Tower’s MT1, which fits boats with beams ranging from 5 feet to 8 1/2 feet wide. This tower also can be folded back for trailering or to store the boat in a garage or to accommodate an existing boat cover.
1. Connect the Rear Legs
Loosely bolt the rear legs to the top section, applying a film of anti-seize compound (supplied) to all of the stainless bolts to prevent galling. Also, attach the two-piece universal mounting bases to the bottom of the rear legs, making sure that the larger, cube-shaped portion of each sits forward. The tubes come sheathed in bubble wrap. We’ve removed it here, but Monster Tower suggests leaving it on for the install to prevent scratches from tools.
2. Position the Top
Have someone hold the top section while you position the rear mounting bases along the gunwale, knowing that these will need to be at least 48 inches aft of the front bases. Use a tape measure to place the tow point in the middle of the boat with the top bar parallel to deck. Also make sure the tower will fold down in a convenient spot. The bases should be exactly opposite each other. To mark them, draw an outline around each base when the top is in the correct position.
3. Mount the Rear
Bases Use the aft bases as templates to mark the two mounting holes. Check for obstructions and then drill the holes. Use 1/4-inch aluminum plate or ¾-inch plywood for a backing plate (Monster recommends using a plate that spans both the front and rear bases); then install the bases with the supplied hardware, rubber pads and factory backing plates, applying sealant to the mounting holes. Ask a buddy to help tighten the locknuts from inside the boat.