Sea Ray Introduces New Watersports Towers
Spring-loaded hinges promise back-saving raising and lowering.
Say goodbye to that aching back. Sea Ray promises their new tubular aluminum watersports tower design will be easier — and lighter — to raise and lower, making breaking down the tower for storage or low bridges less of a back-breaking proposition.
One of the key design criteria for the new tower — featured in various configurations on the 185, 190, 200, 205 Sport, 220, 240, 260, and 280 Sundeck, as well as the 210, 230, 250, and 270 Select SLX — was that it needed to be lowered and raised by almost any member of your crew, young or old, weak or strong. The lightweight, high-strength aluminum construction with a baked-on black powdercoat finish accomplishes some of that objective. The key ingredients, however, are built-in tension springs in each hinge area that take a significant amount of the load off the person handling the tower. Remove the screw-in retaining bolt from each side, and the stylish, forward-swept towers can be walked down into the folded position with relative ease, or raised by reversing the process. That’s good news. Last time I tried that trick solo I almost got a hernia.
Like other wake companies, Sea Ray has made sure all the current accessories can be mounted above. Towers include integrated LED lights, wakeboard racks, and a rotating nylon ski tow that Sea Ray promises will reduce rope wear on Sport models. Sundecks and Select SLX models add an integrated anchor light and removable/stowable bimini top.
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