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Ripple 08-10-2013 09:07 AM

Tower Bent - Damage
 
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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 02:29 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 02:59 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 03:16 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 03:36 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 03:38 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 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ski_king (Post 966989)
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 02:35 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 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by sand2snow22 (Post 967242)
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 01:49 AM

I am a dealer and have someone who can weld aluminum.


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