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Old 08-10-2013, 09:07 AM
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Tower Bent - Damage

2009 X15 was going up on the lift and someone (I will not name names ) 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.

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:29 PM
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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.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:59 PM
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I am kind of concerned that the lift pipe is bent also. How did it turn when you lowered the boat?
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:16 PM
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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....
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:36 PM
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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
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:38 PM
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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.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:08 AM
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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.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:35 PM
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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....
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:14 PM
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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?
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:49 AM
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I am a dealer and have someone who can weld aluminum.
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