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Old 05-20-2017, 06:44 PM
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Roswell tower on a 197

Our ski school picked up a 2007 197 this fall with out a tower on it. We need the high pull point to help get our adaptive skiers out of the water and we often have mom's etc in the boat so we needed to put a tower on the boat. Problem is we have to go under two really low bridges to get to our ski sight. So the tower must fold down easy and fold low enough to get under the bridge. I started talking to Roswell towers and they said they would like to help us out. We got the tower on the boat today, no snags. Fells rock solid, folds down really easy. This tower should do everything we need it to do and we can remove it in about 10 minuets. We also got the bimini top for it which I haven't pulled out of the box yet.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:44 PM
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That looks great on that 197.
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:33 PM
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:54 PM
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I think that looks good on there! I like the powder coat. I like the Bimini and the style of it. It looks very functional. Does the whole tower disconnect from the boat, leaving the 4 bases? Talk to me about "what looks like an adjustable support pole" holding the tower in the down position? Is it Intergrated? I can't tell, are the Roswell gunwale pads to rest the board / ski racks on when down and foot step when up?

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Old 05-25-2017, 10:29 PM
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Wow Tower looks very nice!!

i also have few questions,

Not trying to knock your installation at all, I thought the 197 sides were not built strong enough to support a tower like that???? Thought it had to be a 4 point tower??( Normal 4 point spread) Any info would be great, as this could be a possibility for mine.
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:07 AM
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Wow ... looks really nice and clean
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Old 05-26-2017, 01:12 PM
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There is not really a 2point vs 4 ooont argument for if a boat can handle the tower .

The argument the dealer will give you is that the reinforcement point from the factory is designed specifically for the 4 point mini tower. You can easily add an extra backing plate , which I am sure the Roswell came with and be done. The load distribution from the 2 point is actually less in that certain areas I've been told with the 2point because of its design.
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I guess forget about using a boom with that tower?
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Old 05-26-2017, 01:43 PM
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Glad it worked out for how you need to use it, but not a fan..
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:45 PM
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I'm surprised how much I like that setup - nice work. Knowing exactly where the standard BI boom sits on my 197, it could be installed between the two tower legs, although a little bit awkward to slide it thru the gap. Ideally some type of pad could be installed there to limit risk to the fiberglass. The other worry might be running around with the boom unloaded - bouncing could be an issue if it's banging off the tower crossbar.

If you try setting up with a boom, please update the thread.

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