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Old 05-27-2017, 03:29 PM
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towing with tower down?

Just picked up a 2016 X23 - first boat. Was planning on towing with the tower down as I have an above tower cover.

Just read the manual that says towing with the tower down will increase wear, and not recommended.

Does anybody have some insight to this? What kind of wear? Tow with tower up or down, does is matter? Also seems like towing with the cover on, puts a lot of stress on the canvas. Tow with cover off or on?

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Old 05-27-2017, 04:58 PM
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We have a 15 X23. In one place in the manual it says not to tow with the tower down, in a different section of the manual it says it is OK to travel with the tower down. So since the manual conflicted itself, I called MC and asked them. MC told me it is OK to travel with the tower down.

Traveling with the tower down greatly reduces bugs on the rack and speakers.

That said, I only travel with the shipping cover. The other covers can chafe the sides of your boat. So, you might want to be cautious about towing with the mourning cover on.




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Old 05-27-2017, 06:26 PM
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Tower down cover on. No problems thus far.
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Old 05-27-2017, 06:48 PM
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Short distance wont matter either way

Cover can rub on the gelcoat if its a long distance


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Old 10-19-2017, 08:36 AM
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I'm cover on tower down. Less bugs on the tower and speakers. And less drag when towing.
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:55 AM
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I always tow "tower down" I have an under tower cover, but if I have a long distance with rain predicted I shrink wrap the gunwales & put pool noodles over the windshield to protect from the buffeting of the cover at highway speeds. Just make sure the release latches are engaged.

I'm not sure why the manual would state tow tower up I think there is less stress with it down & have never had any tower problems towing tower down. I know there was some issues with the first power towers snapping off a pinion part towing tower down, that they made some tow inserts for that reason, no clue on the new power tower.
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:03 PM
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I'm tower down and no tarp 100% of the time.
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:59 PM
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Tower down(keep the bugs off), no rainpoles, cover on, saran wrap above and below the rub rail to prevent any rubbing if a longer tow. I am curious about the use of pool noodles though, I really cannot picture what you are doing there?
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:05 PM
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Towers down and take off the side straps that connect to the trailer, not really sure if they benefit anything besides flapping and hitting the gel coat

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Old 10-19-2017, 11:19 PM
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Tower down(keep the bugs off), no rainpoles, cover on, saran wrap above and below the rub rail to prevent any rubbing if a longer tow. I am curious about the use of pool noodles though, I really cannot picture what you are doing there?


Cut down one side of pool noodle and place it around the top of the window frame to prevent the cover from rubbing directly on the frame. I do this as well for long hauls.


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