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JSMaxwell posted 07-28-2015 04:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for JSMaxwell   Send Email to JSMaxwell  
Hi. Simple question, but I'm a new boat owner. I have a used 2000 Whaler Ventura 210. My boat did not have the ski pole option installed, so I bought one. Its the stock part ordered through Whaler, so it certainly should fit correctly. I need to install the permanent rail fitting on the boat, but I've never screwed anything into fiberglass in my life. The kit comes with nine screws, three for each leg of the rail. Is there anything special about this? Do I just find the centerline of the boat, drill tap holes and screw it in? The two top legs fit flush on the top of the transom, but the third leg attaches to the rear transom wall that is not entirely flat/flush, but close to it. (There is a slight curve to the transom wall in front of the motor well, but it flattens out as it hits the straight top of the transom.)

Is a ski pole rail really meant to be held on by only nine screws drilled into fiberglass? I assume those parts of the transom are reinforced underneath for this installation and/or other factors.

Should I use lock-tite or something similar to secure the screws?

I linked a PDF of the Final Deck Assembly Diagram from Whaler. It is parts 74-77 in the lower left corner of the diagram.

I realize this may be a lot simpler than I am making it, but I wanted to check before drilling.

Thanks for any advice.

- Jason

contender posted 07-28-2015 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Jason, ( I'm not being mean here) if you are any kind of water skiier you should know the amount of force to be put on a ski pole, screws in fiberglass will not stand up to it. A couple (2 I think) years ago I found an item at a Miami Beach Boat Show just for this purpose, I would return what you purchased from whaler and do a search on this site about water skiing (I forget the name of the item) It is the best thing I have ever seem for water skiing and its made with the best materials and design...
contender posted 07-28-2015 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Turbo Swing....
JSMaxwell posted 07-29-2015 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for JSMaxwell  Send Email to JSMaxwell     

Thanks for your response. I've seen that Turboswing device and it looks pretty cool. Perhaps I was being a little cavalier in suggesting that the ski pole will just be drilled into fiberglass. The ski pole and rail insert that I got is the stock part from Whaler for this boat. I am operating under the assumption that the transom is reinforced under the glass in the location where the rail attaches. I've looked under that and there is no room to attach a backing plate and a through bolt type connection. I'm guessing that transom is heavily reinforced because it already supporting the outboard and the rail system is designed to attach in that location. (I doubt the outboard is sitting on a fiberglass shell either.)

I have the stock screws directly from Whaler. There are no other parts shown in the parts diagram for the boat.

I'm looking for anyone who has familiarity with this to verify before I drill. I've contacted Whaler and hope they get back to me.

JSMaxwell posted 07-29-2015 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for JSMaxwell  Send Email to JSMaxwell     
Got confirmation from Whaler that it is reinforced under the transom fiberglass. For those who might search this threat later, they also say no tubing using the ski pylon as it isn't strong enough. Tubing should be done with a harness attaches to the through bolt eyes on either side of the outboard.
WhalerAce posted 07-29-2015 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

Your very last sentence just saved me a big headache! We have had a 210 Ventura for the past year, and this very weekend I was going to borrow a big tube from my son and try towing some people with it.

Thank you!

--- WhalerAce

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