One of the biggest revolutions in water skiing came when Correct Craft developed and patented the tower. A tower mounts onto the deck of a boat like a cage that allows the rope to be raised from 3-4 feet off of the water to 7 feet of the water. This upward pull makes a dramatic difference in how wakeboarders, kneeboarders, combo skiers, and barefooters feel when they are on the water.
This upward pull makes skiers feel lighter while having the added bonus of keeping the rope out of the way. The tower also can be accessorized to add racks, speakers, and lights that are the ultimate “pimping” accessories for your ride. All towers are designed to fold down so that a boat can pass under bridges or on highways if you so desire.
If you have one of these towers, you have a brand new option for adding a boom to your boat. Before the tower, the boom could only be attached to the ski pylon or onto the opposite gunnel. A tower boom is the biggest break-through in boom technology by allowing it to be attached to the tower directly.
The benefits of having a tower boom, I will list here;
1. it keeps the boom out of the boat thus freeing up space inside the boat
2. it folds up easily for storage
3. the telescoping extensions that secure it to the tower allow for raising and lowering it
4. it definitely looks cool
5. it puts the skier in a very safe position near the driver and has all the great benefits of dramatically speeding up the learning of any water sport
6. it reduces injuries by adding an upward pull and a stable handle for the skier to hold on to
Tower Booms are designed to fit all types of towers on the market. There are even some suppliers who have gone so far as to guarantee that their tower boom will fit your boat or they will give you your money back. I recommend using one of these suppliers.
The tubing that tower manufacturers use come in different “outer diameters.” Knowing what this measurement is or knowing what year and tower manufacturer you have will be the only information you will need to get the right tower boom.
Setting up the tower boom for the first time is takes about an hour. You will need to mount the boom clamp on the rear leg of the tower as low as possible. In addition, there are two tower boom clamps that are mounted in a triangulated fashion to add an incredible amount of stability to the boom that is unparalleled in other types of booms.
After determining the locations of these clamps that best suit your tower, you simply attach the first boom are to the clamp via a heavy-duty quick release pin. The second solid aluminum piece inside the first piece, and then just adjust the length of the boom cables so that your boom sits securely where you like it.
Your tower boom will definitely be one of the most used pieces of equipment on your boat and it is designed to last forever. It is a big bonus having your ride rigged with the coolest equipment available that also helps you ski or teach like a pro.