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Old 09-22-2012, 07:48 PM
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Ski Pole Check / Repair

I want to buy a 1986 TriStar 220 that I found locally, only issue I've found is that the ski pole may not be as stiff as it should be. PO pulled up to 6 skiers at a time, so eventually I think the mounting has become a little week. My 1980 MC 19' SS has a solid ski pole, doesn't budge when you whack it with your hand, just some vibration. This one absorbs more of the whack but does feel pretty strong. I didn't find any play in the brackets but hadn't pulled up the floor.....

So is this a issue to worry about or something that I should be able to fix? I'm not buying the boat to ski, planning to use a high pole for wakeboarding or get a tower in the future, I like the layout of this boat and it will fit family well, so just curious how the pole should feel or if repairs are possible on the ski pole mount for this year/model.

Thanks in advance for any advice
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:22 PM
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On my tristar the pylon is secured with u bolts to the cross bar thats under the floor that connects the stringers. if there is no horizontal or vertical slack and clamps are tight I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:34 AM
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Thank you ill take a closer look at the hardware below
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:27 PM
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The U bolt is tight but the pole is moving in the base on the bottom of the hull, perhaps they sell an insert to tighten it up?
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:47 PM
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My 94 205 has 2 U bolts. Top and bottom and turned opposite directions.


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Old 09-23-2012, 07:40 PM
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My 94 205 has 2 U bolts. Top and bottom and turned opposite directions.


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So does mine, should have mentioned that earlier...
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:22 PM
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I've purchased the boat so I'll know soon if there is a second U bolt on the bottom
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:33 PM
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there should be 2 bolts that keep it in place.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:41 PM
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heres a pic of my tristar 190 pole ,looking through the hole in the floor
you can see the top Ubolt and the bottom one .





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Old 09-25-2012, 11:59 AM
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I see the same U-bolt on the upper support, but not the lower at bottom of pole. I don't have a pic yet, but it looks like the bottom of the pole rests in a fiberglass base which is part of the hull, I'll have to pull up the floor and/or reach towards the front to see if there is a U bolt on the lower base. If there isn't a U-bolt, I assume I need to put something around the pole at base to stop it from moving, so I wonder if an insert or cup is used for this?
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