Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Big Air Fusion: Product Review

Big Air is one of our most popular manufacturers that we carry. They have been in business for nearly 20 years! In our experiences with them they have been very easy to deal with. They are very serious about their customer service. They are a Christian based company and with these values in mind they try to keep their customers first and their prices affordable, which allows us to offer great pricing to you!


Big Air Fusion mount with Quick Release Knob

Want a stainless steel tower but don't want to have to drill through the tower? Because drilling through stainless steel can be difficult (in case you didn't know).......Well the Big Air Fusion Tower is the answer. This does not eliminate the Fusions universal nature. It will still fit most boats 58"-103"wide and you you can still mount it on the top or side gunnel. Worried about stress cracking your fiberglass? The Fusion has a unique swivel joint attachments built into the base plate, this system keeps the stress and flex in the tower, not your hull. 




This tower also has a built in bung for thr Big Air Razor Series Racks. This eliminates the need for a clamp, this allows you to bolt the rack plate directly on the black piece shown in the photo to the left .   In my opinion this makes the tower look a little cleaner.



Are you tall? No problem the Fusion stands about 5 feet tall! With a 2 foot gunnel that is 7 feet of clearance!! There is also gusseting in the corners that make this tower extremely rigid.  Need to collapse the tower often? The included stainless steel quick release knobs make collapsing quick and easy.Did I mention this tower is made in the USA? This is surely a USA quality product. Below is a video of  Loren from Big Air explaining and demonstrating the installation process.  He is very clear and show you some neat installation tips 

Overall, the Fusion is definitely a durable tower ahead of its time. You cant go wrong when making this tower an addition to your boat.  You also get a company that backs their products. Don't forget the 5 year limited warranty. However, I seriously doubt you will need it.


 So ahead of it's time!July 11, 2016
Reviewer: Chris K. 
Let me start of by saying that this tower is exceptional! The instructions could have used a little help, but honestly, I couldn't think of a better way to put what I was needing so... if I can't help it, I can't say much about it. These things can be hard to put into words. I called up Wake Essentials though and Shane was great to help me out. Simple phone conversation letting me know I was on the right track and that was all the confidence I needed to get it finished. This tower is so ahead of it's time with the "no drilling system" and it is ROCK SOLID! A stainless tower is definitely the way to go and I could only find them from Big Air, I just happened to find a better price through Wake Essentials, thanks again guys! I am so pleased with this purchase and with the production of the tower.






Thursday, May 26, 2016

How To Reinforce Your Hull With Fiberglass

Is the hull of you boat less than 3/8" thick? If so you will need to reinforce the hull of your boat before installing your tower. This is a very important step.If your hull is not thick enough, the stress from a tower can cause damage to your fiberglass over time.  In the video below, Shane from Wake Essentials shows you how to reinforce your hull using fiberglass.
 



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Big Air Predator: Product Review

Big Air is one of our most popular manufacturers that we carry. They have been in business for nearly 20 years! In our experiences with them they have been very easy to deal with. They are very serious about their customer service. They are a Christian based company and with these values in mind they try to keep their customers first and their prices affordable, which allows us to offer great pricing to you!

Polished Aluminium Big Air Predator Tower 
The Big Air Predator Tower was new to their lineup in 2015. This is defiantly not your cookie cutter tower. Your boat will surely stand out with the gusseted Z bar design. This is a great tower if you want to stand out. It is available in three finishes, listed below.


  • Polished Aluminium 
  • Polished Anodized
  • Black Powder Coat


The Predator will fit a wide range of boats. It will fit most boats 78"-103" wide. All of the mounting hardware and backing plates are included.This means you don't need to purchase separate items to be able to install you tower.

It also stands about 5 feet tall from the mounting points. This allows the tower to accommodate most biminis. It is also navigation light capable. It is probably not a bad ideas to go ahead and get yourself a navigation light as most places require you to have a light on the tallest point of your boat. If you've installed a tower, that will be the tallest point. Oh did I mention it comes with a 5 year limited warranty? Because is does.

Overall: You are looking at a tower that is anything but cookie cutter. It is stylish and durable. The best of both worlds. You also get a company that backs their products. Don't forget the 5 year limited warranty. However, I seriously doubt you will need it.


 wake towerJune 29, 2015
Reviewerwes ing from benton, AR United States
Fairly simple to install.best to run speaker wires before mounting.pleased with purchase and would recommend to anyone.I have a 87 four winns 190 horizon and no problems with fittment.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Big Air Haus Tower: Product Review

Big Air is one of our most popular manufacturers that we carry. They have been in business for nearly 20 years! In our experiences with them they have been very easy to deal with. They are very serious about their customer service. They are a Christian based company and with these values in mind they try to keep their customers first and their prices affordable, which allows us to offer great pricing to you!

Want a wakeboard tower that will clear your existing bimini? Well the Big Air Haus Tower is your best bet. It was designed to fit over about 90% of biminis. The Haus is a very tall tower, it stands about 6.5 feet tall from the mounting points. It also has roughly 69" of height below the h-member. This is a universal tower that will fit boats with a mounting width of 78"-103" wide. Worried about front to back stance? Don't be. With a large front to back stance of 68" your load is widely distributed. While this tower is very tall, it still collapses to near windshield height. This is a great feature if you are store your boat in a garage. It is available in 3 finishes listed below.

Polished Aluminium Big Air Haus Tower
Polished Aluminium Big Air Haus Tower
  • Polished Aluminium 
  • Black Powder Coat 
  • Polished Anodized 

Big Air did not sacrifice strength or style when designing this tower. Big Air also designed a new product for stability, the patent pending "Tower Tamer". The Tower Tamer  is included with the Big Air Haus Tower. The Tower Tamer insures the Haus doesn't sway with all that added heigth. Worried about warranty? Big Air has a 5 year limited warranty.

Overall: This is the best choice we have been able to find if you are trying to accommodate your existing bimini. Your are not sacrificing anything because Big Air ensures that the quality you have come to know and love for nearly 20 years, is still there. All that height and it is collapsible, so if you have height or storage limitations, your covered. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or Big Air.



 1997 cobalt 23lsJune 15, 2015
ReviewerRichard Endicott from Murdock, KS United States
very happy with customer service answered all questions about the different towers very clear. told me with my bemini to wait till on the new haus tower specs and I am very glad I did. had to make my bemini poles so they would adjust down to fold in & out then raise back up folder out the bemini has plenty of room under tower & looks grate thank you shane

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Skylon Pro XT: Product Review

Skylon Black Powder Coat Tower 
Skylon has been around for about 30 years. WOW! That is a long time. They strive to make a very high quality product. They also strive to keep their customer service top of the line as well. Skylon not only makes universal wakeboard towers and accessories they also make factory towers for a few boat manufacturer.

Today our topic of discussion is the Skylon Pro XT Tower. This tower a universal tower, that fits all boats 79"-105". This tower has 2 3/8" tubing. Did I mention it is very strong and has a rigid- guaranteed silent design? Need to collapse this tower on the water but don't have any tools? No worries, you don't need tools to collapse this tower. It has a heim joint and turn knob design at the mounts. It also comes with a navigation light inlcuded. The best part of this tower is it is made right here in the USA!!! The Pro XT is available in 2 finishes listed below. 


  • Black Powder Coat
  • Anodized Brushed Aluminium


Overall: The Skylon Pro XT Tower is a great choice It is a strong tower. If you need to collapse the tower often you do not need tools, you may find this is very nice to have. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or Skylon.



 Skylon Pro XT Tower January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Anonumous I'm happy with the purchase of my Skylon pro XT tower. Putting the tower up and down is pretty easy with help from my wife and 14 year old daughter. My boat is garaged so it's done every time I take it out. The factory bimini still fit with the new tower which probably saved about $800.00.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Barewest T5 Prozone Tower: Product Review

Barewest has been in business for about 16 years. They specialize in multi-purpose towers (for sport and fishing). They strive to keep balance between fun and functional for there durable USA MADE products.

Barewest T5 Prozone
The T5 is the most rigid of the Barewest line of tower. This tower fits all boats 72" to 102". This is an aluminium tower. As you can see in the photo to the right, the T5 has aluminium panels on both sides. These panels are laser cut and this tower is collapsible to about 39" tall. 

The T5 is available in multiple finishes listed below. 

  • Black Powder Coat
  • Red Powder Coat
  • Silver Powder Coat
  • White Powder Coat


Overall: This tower is a good, rigid tower. It would be a great choice if you need to be able to collapse your tower. Not to mention its durable  



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Big Air Beast Tower: Product Review

Big Air is one of our most popular manufacturers that we carry. They have been in business for nearly 20 years! In our experiences with them they have been very easy to deal with. They are very serious about their customer service. They are a Christian based company and with these values in mind they try to keep their customers first and their prices affordable, which allows us to offer great pricing to you!

Big Air Beast Tower in brushed finish
Big Air Beast Tower in brushed finish
Lets talk about the Big Air Beast Tower. Big Air hit it right on the nose when they named this tower. The Beast was tested beyond 2,000 pounds. In case you are unaware, this is way beyond normal standard for any manufacturer we have ever heard of. This is a universal tower that is made of stainless steel. Guess what else?? It's MADE IN THE USA!! The Big Air Beast Tower fits most boats 68"- 103" wide. As will almost all of Big Air's towers, this is not a short tower. It stands about 5 feet tall from the mounting points. Need to store your boat in a garage or confined space? No worries, the Beast is collapsible to about 12"-14" above gunnel height.

The only negative comment we have heard is in regards to the tensions bars. While I don't have this issue, they may be an issue if you are tall or trying to accommodate and existing bimini top. On that same note, if you are tall you are probably used to ducking under things. Keep in mind the tension bars give this tower its extra strength.



The finish options are listed below.
  • Brushed Finish
  • Black Powder Coat 
  • Custom Powder Coat Color 





All around this tower is a BEAST!! Need something super strong? This is the strongest choice we have seen. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or Big Air.