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Old 08-27-2012, 10:48 AM
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Low Hours Boat - Tower Crack!

My fourteen year old says to me yesterday as we are crossing the lake "that thing looks weird" pointing to the tower. To my utter amazement I notice a nasty crack extending three quarters around the tower.

The boat is a 2007 yet only has about 100 hours on it. I don't want to even think about that thing breaking and landing on someones head in my boat!

Should I be speaking to MC HO about this? I won't even take the boat off the lift now - certainly won't tow anybody with it.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:50 AM
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thats uh... not right.

talk to your dealer
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:00 AM
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Yep, not a good thing..........
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:03 AM
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I'm no metallurgist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night and that is not a good thing... Can you post a picture that shows where on the tower the crack is? Kind of hard to tell where it is.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:36 AM
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What all have you towed from the tower?
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:53 PM
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if thats an NDT tower, It is another I am not impressed with their welding, expecially considering you pay a premium for them. That crack failed due to the weld/welding process.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:07 PM
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Since it's an 07 just curious, do you have the tower braces?
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:09 PM
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I would contact your dealer and MC HO. I would have a local welder look at it as well...just to make sure the crack can be nailed down to failed weld....looks like a little oxidation at the well crack...IMO
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:14 PM
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Take the tower off and takle to dealer. No reason not to use the boat.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:34 PM
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Looks like the tube cracked and not the weld (except for the very bottom peice). That is strange for sure, you think it would take a lot of force to crack and aluminum pipe like that. Not sure if MC is obligated to fix something like that since its out of waranty, unless they have a lifetime garantee on the towers.
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