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Old 15 February 2013, 10:54   #11
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Turboswing versus ski pylon? TS wins hands down.

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Thanks for the idea of the turbo swing. I like the looks of it but I have a little swim platform next to the engine that I'm afraid the turboswing will interfere with. I'll have to take a photo to see if you think it'll get in the way. I really like the swim platform and ladder on the boat. It makes re-boarding so much more civilized...

Steve
It is tight, but it can be managed if the boarding skier is not too big. If so, then no way will he/she fit on your YL530DL. I am not a big fan of that folding Zodiac transom ladder. If I had my druthers, I'd bag that ladder from the transom and use and over-the-tube boarding ladder (either St. Croix, The SS telescoping one from Defender or the new Armstrong RIB ladder).

The points above from Smitty about the towing benefit of the Turboswing are spot on. Very different handling / steering with a truboswing over a ski pylon. Two different worlds completely. His other points about pylon installs leaving holes, etc.....also spot on.

That Armstrong ladder is available at Defender for $549.00. Nope, not inexpensive, but it is the best removable RIB boarding ladder one can buy (in my humble opinion).

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Old 15 February 2013, 15:16   #12
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My main recommendation would be to contact Zodiac and ask what brand and model of pylon they approve of. They built the boat and know the best tie in points.

Not sure what brand pylon this is but...it is a 530DL.



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- Pylons pull from an axis point ahead of the motor pivot (try steering this)
If you look at every competition wakeboard and water ski boat you will notice the tow point is always near the center of the boat. Pulling off the transom I can easily pull a boat all over the place, while riding a wakeboard.
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Old 15 February 2013, 15:55   #13
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"If you look at every competition wakeboard and water ski boat you will notice the tow point is always near the center of the boat. Pulling off the transom I can easily pull a boat all over the place, while riding a wakeboar"

Yes -all the "competition" wakeboard type boats around here are that way as well. They are also inboards with fwd center props and usually center skegs as well, mostly above 20' with much different beams and strakes with akerman rudders not like any RIB. If the turboswing did pull off the transom and did not move its pivot point as the skiier/wakeboarder turned perhaps you could pull it over more.

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That's the swim platform I'm talking about. Zodiac makes a pylon but they want big $'s for it. The boat is set up with mounting pads for a pylon. I've got my eye on something like this:

Pro Deck Master Pylon - Overton's

I just don't like that when removed the bracket that remains is a big chunk of metal in a good place to remove a toe.

If I knew someone with a machine shop this is exactly what I have in mind:

Adjustable Pro Ski Pylon - Overton's

The mounting base on this is 6" diameter, I'd like to get it cut down to 4" diameter so it would fit on the mounting pad zodiac made for this purpose. I'm just having a hard time finding a machine shop.

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That's the swim platform I'm talking about. Zodiac makes a pylon but they want big $'s for it.
How much is big bucks?

I had a universal mount installed on my second boat much like the last one you posted. It was kinda a piece of junk. It moved and twisted all over with the riders/skiers cuts. Which of course made a racket.

What about just making one from scratch if the mounting points are already in place? Most of the parts are fairly easy to acquire, modify, and put together. Got a picture of the pad and mount area you are talking about? I might have some ideas to kick around in my head then.
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