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Old 07-20-2013, 04:07 PM
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Adam could ride the tube.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:35 PM
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So...given the prevalence of towers, and the prevalence of tubes, and the absence of reported tube damage to towers...it sounds like a theoretical problem rather than an actual problem.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:13 PM
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I've pulled tubes, wakeboarders and waterskiers. I've never had tubes slow down the boat, where I've had wakeboarders and waterskiers slow the boat down on hard turns. Another way of approaching the issue is looking at the other end of the rope, the tube end. The tower construction is aluminum tube. The connection at the tube is fabric web sticthed to fabric. I would think that the tube connection would fail much earlier than the tower connection.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:58 PM
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Maybe the deck of the boat could get wrecked instead of the tower.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:36 PM
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I don't think towers are the problem... its the tubes.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:40 PM
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*I think it would be a boat deck issue well before the tower. I just done do it, it makes sence to me how it could damage the boat, i have a 01 x10 and from factory it had no backing plate on the tower bolts below the deck. i have since made them. how the fiberglass put up with the stress is amazing. i do have stress cracks there but just in the gel. i also dont see a spec form MC with a 10 to 1 weight ratio on the tower or the connection from tower to boat. im sure the bolts have a 10k stress rating. but food for though in case im wrong on that any one?
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:21 AM
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I came across two cracked towers that popped while pulling tubers a while back. Cant remember where but ill look. They were the last model of tower (08,09,10 etc). They broke the weld where the rear support meets the hoop as the tube was slung out sideways. Which i would have to think a heavy side load would be the hardest on it. Maybe it caught a large wave while sideways. Sounds plausible considering thats what most people do with tubes. However, the tower gussets could have been too tight or too loose. I had to tighten mine the other day, had a lot of wobble.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:33 AM
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In those towers with broken welds, I suspect that high-frequency flexing from just running across the water plays more of a role than towing anything from it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:27 AM
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In those towers with broken welds, I suspect that high-frequency flexing from just running across the water plays more of a role than towing anything from it.
I agree, Id say a lot had happened previous to the break. Its been a while since i read the story but as i recall, it finally "let go" with a tuber... My biggest problem tends to be wakeboarders (typically large) that are learning to get up and just wont let go. The boat can only stop so fast.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:39 AM
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I came across two cracked towers that popped while pulling tubers a while back.
They were the last model of tower (08,09,10 etc).
They broke the weld where the rear support meets the hoop as the tube was slung out sideways.
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