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Tower on BR 175 Apr 11, 2017 02:32 PM #1

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Has anyone installed an aftermarket tower on a BR 175. im trying to decide if the expense is worth the reward.
I use my boat for watersports ie.ski, wakeboard and am debating to add a tower.
Im a realist and know that a tower will not produce results like a Mastercraft X series boat, but if there is a plus to it, then it would be worth it.
Im looking for anyone that has done this mod and experienced easier/faster pull-up or more air on jumps with an elevated rope.
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Tower on BR 175 Apr 11, 2017 03:51 PM #2

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I installed the Aerial Ascent 2.0 tower on our 2006 175BR. It looks real nice. As for performance, the kids like it but they are not advanced or aggressive boarders. I slalom ski and sometimes just use the rope on the tower rather than switch to the lower tow ring. It's a lot easier to get up. I also installed the Solas Amita 4 blade prop, 14.5" x 19P. When installing the tower you will need to use reinforcing plates. I used 1/2" marine plywood. The side of the boat where you will mount the tower is curved and I used Bondo body filler with fiberglass to fill the gap between the plywood and boat. Any questions feel free to ask.
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Tower on BR 175 Apr 12, 2017 08:23 PM #3

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I installed a Big Air Wake Tower at the end of the season a couple of years ago and it saw a lot of action last year. It was a good investment. My boat already had the reinforcing in the hull and we simply had to drill the holes and install it. You should check and see if your boat already has reinforcing.
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Tower on BR 175 Apr 15, 2017 12:19 PM #4

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Installed Aerial Ascent 1.0 tower 2 years ago. It was the best investment ever I had for my boat. No regrets.

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Tower on BR 175 Apr 15, 2017 12:42 PM #5

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We put a monster tower on our 185 at the end of the season last year. We are total novices at wakeboarding so it is an unknown for us. We are still getting used to it. It is better for boarding, but the boat is still not a wake boat. We also have a 4 blade prop, and I disable our smart tabs to keep the wake as clean as possible. But the wake itself is still pretty small. I have tried to trim it out some, but then the boat bounces more when you hit any other wakes. That makes the rope tug more since it is at a higher pivot point. My son hates that. So I keep it trimmed all the way down to keep the nose planted. Next step may be water bags in the front, but don't really want the hassle of it. I'd love to hear other's ideas and experiences. It does seem to help prevent the violent face plants since the rope is pulling up. It is a little easier to get up. (but that was not really our issue before the tower)
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Tower on BR 175 Apr 20, 2017 08:33 PM #6

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I started wakeboarding with 96 Seadoo Challenger- fun but not enough power... so, upgraded to 175 without a tower for a year... It was pretty good but decided to install the tower, BIG improvement and much easier to get up. So, the wakes may be small but it works.

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