4. Attach the Front
Legs Loosely bolt the front legs to the top, using the supplied Teflon washers in the joints between the top and legs. Also install the front mounting bases to the bottoms of the front legs, making sure the larger portion of the base bottom is forward. The front bases attach to the front legs with bolts and nuts that have hand knobs, so you do not need any tools to secure these. For this step, attach them loosely, because you will remove them to install the bases.
5. Mount the Front Bases
Lift the tower into position and bolt the rear legs to the rear bases. Next, determine and mark the location for the front bases, making sure the top is still in the correct position and there’s not interference with the swing of the walk-through windshield. As before, the bases need to be exactly opposite each other. Remove the front bases, using them as templates to mark and drill the mounting holes. Mount the bases as described in step 3.
6. Secure the Tower
Attach the front legs to the front bases using the supplied hand knobs. Next, you will want to lock the top section with the rear legs to laterally stabilize the tower. Do this by drilling two holes through each joint and then inserting and tightening two stainless-steel Allen bolts and locknuts in each of the two joints. Finally, tighten all of the bolts, including the eye bolts at the bottoms of the four legs. Now get out on the water and have some boarding fun.
It’s important to retighten all of the tower hardware after each of the first few uses, per the torque specs in the installation instructions. Also, avoid using a motorized nut-driver to install the stainless-steel hardware, since the high rpm generates excessive heat that can result in galling.
Generously mask off the general areas where the mounting bases are to be mounted to prevent scratching the boat’s finish, give you a better surface for marking the positions and avoid excessive chipping when drilling holes. For additional tips on drilling into fiberglass, click here.