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Hello, I just bought an Aerial Airborne 2.0 tower. I have peaked at some installs in this forum. To those that have done it, how did everything hold up? Saw the cutting board trick, any other tips or tricks on install (positioning etc)? Can you guys still open your bimini up? I have seen in some other forums some mods were needed.
I was not able to open or use my bimini top, i just removed it. At some point I may mfg a new one that sits on top of the tower but not on my top list
I would recommend 3 people to help layout the tower for positioning, measure , measure, measure and cut once. I cut two round access panels in the back of the boat right behind the drivers/passenger seats. be careful there is wiring and cables flowing thru.
I would also apply a small amount of grease on SS screws prior to tightening. This should aid in them not getting to hot and scoring the threads. 2 of my bolts seized then I had to cut off with a cutoff wheel. not fun. I went out and bolt new bolts to help eliminate this issue. After measuring the bolts and nuts they supplied me, they were out of spec tolerance wise.
Support each area with some wood and cutting boards, there is a lot of load stress on the fiberglass. =Cheers
Thanks Yamatuf, yours is the install I was referring to. How big were you cutting boards? I know you heated them up and bent them, but then did it create a void between the wood and bent cutting boards? Think you could share you measurements from rear to your post locations? I have the Airborne but like the lines and position of your install.
Not sure of the dimensions but I attached a picture for your review. My bought is 1 hour away and won't use to Labor day. The cutting boards - I believe I bought a small/medium size cutting board and cut them in half for each location. I attached some pictures for your review. I have no dimensions to give but the picture shows how I moved the tower forward to miss the bump out in the side haul behind the front seats. I used 3M adhesive (5200) i believe to adhere the cutting boards and plywood to the boat boat and each other. I also screwed the wood to the cutting board prior to installing so I only had to hold one item and not 2. (drop them down in the hull and life gets real fun) I added adhesive between the wood board and the cutting board also to fill any void between the two.
I believe the wood was only 1/4 inch thick, maybe 5/16 that I used. if it did not contour, the adhesive filled the void. Hope this helps. I have had no issue with my tower or any signs of strain on the boat. Cheers.