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Ripple
08-10-2013, 10:07 AM
2009 X15 was going up on the lift and someone (I will not name names :mad:) was not paying attention and did not stop the lift. The result, as picture, was a bent tower. My question is can the tower be bent back or will I have to replace the tower or section of the tower. I have my local dealer looking into the issue.

Comments would be appreciated.

dummy
08-10-2013, 03:29 PM
I'd be worried about cracking/spidering the hull at the tower mounts, but the redneck thing to do would be raise it back up on the lift, toss a chain around that pipe and tower, and then lower the boat back down and see what happens. Just hope that pipe doesn't come crashing down into the boat.

Remember, I said redneck thing to do - perhaps not necessarily the "proper" thing to do. But if it were me I'd be grabbing the chain and getting the 'ol iPod video camera revved up to try.

Bummer and good luck getting it sorted.

ski_king
08-10-2013, 03:59 PM
I am kind of concerned that the lift pipe is bent also. How did it turn when you lowered the boat?

Tristarboarder
08-10-2013, 04:16 PM
Wrap a chain a chain around the joist instead of the lift pole, and then lower it slowly....I bet it straightens out. The tower is already damaged, what the heck. Use both the boat weight and the dock as leverage points. Go slowly though....

Latin Flyer
08-10-2013, 04:36 PM
If you are going to do some idiotic thing PLEASE get it on video.

I would call the insurance, it may be cover under accident

ski_king
08-10-2013, 04:38 PM
I am concerned that pulling up on the tower mounts may damage the fiberglass.
I would take it off the boat and try to straighten it.

Ripple
08-11-2013, 09:08 AM
I am kind of concerned that the lift pipe is bent also. How did it turn when you lowered the boat?

When we lowered the boat after the mishap, the pipe that raises and lowers the boat had a bend in it, but was still able to spin and lower the boat. Lift is an easy fix as our dock guy can straighten it.

Nothing appears to be structurally wrong with the boat, no spider cracks at the base of the tower and no cracks where the bend is on the tower. Local MC dealer is looking into it and will let me know if we can replace a section of the tower. They will also check it over to ensure nothing is structurally damaged.

I will post the results once they are in. Something tells me this is going to be expensive.

sand2snow22
08-11-2013, 03:35 PM
Weld is broken. Those covers cover the welds. We just had to re-weld the same joint on a 2007 X-45. Welding is easy, the hard part is moving all the wires inside the tower :( If not, you will melt your tower speaker wires, lights, etc....

Ripple
08-12-2013, 08:14 PM
Weld is broken. Those covers cover the welds. We just had to re-weld the same joint on a 2007 X-45. Welding is easy, the hard part is moving all the wires inside the tower :( If not, you will melt your tower speaker wires, lights, etc....

Is this something your dealer repaired for you or did you have to find a welding specialist?

sand2snow22
08-13-2013, 02:49 AM
I am a dealer and have someone who can weld aluminum.

CantRepeat
08-13-2013, 05:45 PM
Considering the amount of load that is put on a tower I would never consider using it while it is bent. Likewise, I wouldn't consider bending it back and using it. The idea of a tower failure is too catastrophic in nature even think about doing so.

I would suggest just replacing that upper bar at the first point it bolts on.

soacj
08-13-2013, 05:58 PM
Nothing really to add, but to mention that I feel your pain on this mishap...

Saturday AM I was putting the boat back on the lift, got distracted, and raised the tower into the lift pulley bar. In my case, I was fortunate that the lightbar on top of the tower was the only casualty, not counting the 10 years I took off my life in terms of heart damage when I heard the "crunch":(

CantRepeat
08-14-2013, 12:17 PM
Looks like it has everything you need to change out the top bar. I would consider this a great price if the 07 and 09 towers are the same. They look the same to me.

http://greatlakesskipper.com/en_us/mastercraft-2007-oem-215-brushed-aluminum-boat-wakeboard-tower-kit#

Ripple
08-15-2013, 09:43 AM
Considering the amount of load that is put on a tower I would never consider using it while it is bent. Likewise, I wouldn't consider bending it back and using it. The idea of a tower failure is too catastrophic in nature even think about doing so.

I would suggest just replacing that upper bar at the first point it bolts on.

My local dealer is looking into replacement options. I am beyond frustrated by this accident. It never should have happened. We now have a auto shut off feature on the lift...day late and a dollar short on that one. At least this will never happen again.

CantRepeat
08-15-2013, 10:04 AM
My local dealer is looking into replacement options. I am beyond frustrated by this accident. It never should have happened. We now have a auto shut off feature on the lift...day late and a dollar short on that one. At least this will never happen again.

I'm not sure what the dealer is asking for a replacement, but did you check out that link I posted?

pmikler
08-15-2013, 10:16 AM
My local dealer is looking into replacement options. I am beyond frustrated by this accident. It never should have happened. We now have a auto shut off feature on the lift...day late and a dollar short on that one. At least this will never happen again.

First of sorry that happened to you.

Boat dock and lift just got finished yesterday and i have the same type of lift as you. If you don't mind me asking what and where did you get the auto shut off? I think ill learn from you and add that option

Ripple
08-16-2013, 08:32 AM
First of sorry that happened to you.

Boat dock and lift just got finished yesterday and i have the same type of lift as you. If you don't mind me asking what and where did you get the auto shut off? I think ill learn from you and add that option

The company that installed your lift will add the option. You have two choices - one is passive and set, meaning that you set the height and do not change it. The second optionis more expensive and have a remote option that allows you to change the height limit. We opted for the second version as the lift will need to go higher in the winter when the tower is down.