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Old 09-23-2011, 11:27 PM
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ZFT2 doesn't fit in garage

I picked up my X-2 today with the ZFT2 tower. When I was making my decision on which boat year/tower to get, my dealer told me the new ZFT2 was supposed to fold down lower than the windshield. After years of having to unhook my 02 X Star from the truck, lower the jack all the way, and push it into the garage by hand, I wasn't excited about the extra steps I saw on other posts with having removing parts off the ZFT3 to get them in standard garage heights. I decided to go with the 2012 and ZFT2 with hopes of being able to lower the tower and back the boat into the garage without unhooking it from the truck.

I got home with the boat, backed it up close to the garage door, and it wasn't even close to fitting while hooked up to the truck. The tower definitely does not fold down below windshield height. My garage door height is 7' exactly.

I unhooked the trailer from the truck, cranked the jack all the way up, and removed the bimini. Next problem I ran into is my driveway is a slight incline up. I ended up backing the truck up with a 2x4 on the bumper to push the boat into the garage. I got the boat in the garage with the tower rubbing on the way in.

I'm thinking about getting a 10" drop hitch and installing it upside down to give me a 10" rise, which would put me higher than the jack cranked all the way up. I would then get unhook my std hitch when I get home, install the 10" rise hitch, use a floor jack to get the trailer hooked on, and then back the trailer and hopefully clear the door. So much for an easy stowage.

Other than that, the boat is awesome.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:52 PM
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You can store it at my house free of charge----just leave the keys and a full tank of gas.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:05 AM
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Just get a framer to increase the height of your door.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:32 AM
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Earlier this year I was also looking at a new x2, the one I was looking at had a tandem boatmate trailer and with tower folded it was 6' 10" maybe you could trade trailers?
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:45 AM
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Let some air out of your tires!
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:32 AM
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Hmmm. I believe I have it.

Q: What to do when your brand new Mastercraft does not fit in your garage?

A: Move. Closer to the lake.

Happy house hunting
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:41 AM
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Just get a framer to increase the height of your door.
That is the answer. Go high enough so you can leave the tower up! I love my 12' door!
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:04 AM
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Hate to point out the obvious, but had you measure the height of the tower before you bought the boat you wouldn't have been surprised. I'm betting your garage will have an 8' door next year.

Enjoy the boat!
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:16 AM
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Hate to point out the obvious, but had you measure the height of the tower before you bought the boat you wouldn't have been surprised. I'm betting your garage will have an 8' door next year.

Enjoy the boat!
Agree, the dealer I was talking to, was willing to bring the boat to my house to check fit, I just couldn't buy it...
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:11 AM
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Dealer didn't have a zft2 and wasn't planning on getting one, so measuring wasn't an option. There were a lot of posts on getting the zft3 into garages, so just thought I'd share what I have with zft2.
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