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Best Aftermarket tower


sbays09

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Hey all, I just bought a 1999 Malibu Sunsetter VLX. I am looking for a really solid aftermarket tower upgrade. I have used the monster tower on my previous boat and it was alright, I even backed the mounting plates with marine plywood and the tower still seemed to creek and wobble some. Being in the engineering field has made me very particular so I would like to find something very sturdy. My mind tells me the tower with the least amount of joints/connections will be the best.... however that comes with a price. I have looked at the big air cuda, I like the price of it and the wider stance it has... does anyone have experience with this tower? 
 

my main points are a forward sweeping design, and it needs to collapse easily so I can pull in the garage. I have looked at the Samson towers and man they look nice. But they come with a cost, I just don’t know if I want to dish out $3k for a tower, but if any of you have any experience with either of these towers or even another brand please let me know! This will by my offseason upgrade.

 

thanks again

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4 hours ago, Nitrousbird said:

Samson Blade.  Don't cheap out on your tower.

I’ve been looking at the blade and the harpoon from Samson. You have experience with either? I like them both...

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Samson would be my first recommendation.  They make absolutely solid towers.  Between the Harpoon and Blade, I'd go with the Blade on looks, but it's not my money.  

Roswell would be another good tower option, but their non-OEM towers are 'universal' for specific boat widths, so you'd have a few extra bolted connections vs a Samson.

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I'm looking at towers for my 2002 Sunsetter Lxi. While I like the Blade and Harpoon, Samson has a 12 month backlog. Is the Monster MTK the next best? Or go up significantly in price for a Roswell?

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On 3/15/2021 at 6:58 PM, Eagleboy99 said:

Check out the guy selling a G3 here.  Not sure the beam will work, but it is a thought.

Thanks! I looked through the classifieds and didn't see a G3 tower for sale. Do you mind sending a link?

 

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So, the G3 doesn't fit and Samson has a 12 month lead time. I'm looking at the Monster MTK and Roswell Cam RT Wake Tower. Looks like the racks and accessories are also much more for the Roswell so it really adds up. Is the extra cost for the Roswell worth it based on functionality/quality and resale? My favorite is the Roswell Aviator Pro but that's even more.

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57 minutes ago, HasBeen said:

So, the G3 doesn't fit and Samson has a 12 month lead time. I'm looking at the Monster MTK and Roswell Cam RT Wake Tower. Looks like the racks and accessories are also much more for the Roswell so it really adds up. Is the extra cost for the Roswell worth it based on functionality/quality and resale? My favorite is the Roswell Aviator Pro but that's even more.

I can vouch for the Monster MTK. We put it on a XTI and it looked good, good quality too. Pretty easy install with two people.

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On 3/15/2021 at 6:52 PM, HasBeen said:

I'm looking at towers for my 2002 Sunsetter Lxi. While I like the Blade and Harpoon, Samson has a 12 month backlog. Is the Monster MTK the next best? Or go up significantly in price for a Roswell?

 

This was Malibu's OEM tower in early 2000's. It is rock solid. 

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