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Old 01-06-2013, 08:38 PM
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Seeking some input

I have been an innocent bystander on this forum for awhile now. Thinking strongly about making a mastercraft purchase in the near future. Most of my boating is on a larger lake that can get quite rough and therefore I have narrowed my search down to an x-55 or x-35. I like the idea of being able to collapse the tower when not in use as it will sit on a covered hoist all summer. Obviously if I purchase a new one or at least a 2012 the tower will be easy to lower. How difficult is the zft3 tower to collapse? Also I am hearing mixed reviews on the power tower from dealers. Some say avoid it like the plague others say its a great feature but none of their customers are willing to pay for it. Also is Mastercraft picking up the bill to modify the power tower from electric to hydraulic? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:29 PM
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not much expierence with the zft3 but the zft4 is a slice of cake. up and down in no time with or without bimini.

http://vimeo.com/39064068

also no experience with the power tower. but honestly why power tower when there is the zft4? just my opinion. unless you really like the look of the power tower (which it does look really awesome)
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:55 PM
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Power tower allows you to lower the tower all the way and your board racks will remain level and useable. With the bimini, you can lower the tower all the way down and have the bimini top just over your head for maximum coverage incase its pouring rain. I really liked my power tower, but it did have some issues that i understand MC is working at fixing.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:57 PM
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Another alternative is to look at used X35, 55's with low hours. I have seem may 2011 models with the traditional 4 point ZTF3 towers. Lowering is a little more involved - not something I would do each day.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:03 PM
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I'd love to remove my current 4 point tower on the 07 XStar and replace it with the zf4
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