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bbrunner posted 03-18-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for bbrunner   Send Email to bbrunner  
I was wondering if anyone has installed or has a "tuna tower" on their whaler. I thought this was generally reserved for the larger vessels, but I saw one on a conquest and was wondering if anyone has one/has installed one/ bought one.
Joe Kriz posted 03-18-2004 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
bbrunner, Fellow Boston Whaler enthusiast...
I would suggest you view all the photos in the Cetacea Section on this fine Web Site... It may take you a couple of days, but there are many photos there that will enlighten your perspective on all things Whaler.... You, and anyone else, is missing a wealth of information if you/they, do not look at all the photos... I spent many hours viewing these photos when I first visited this site.. All I can say is, WOW

There is also an Outrage 18 on the page below where the owner added a Tuna Tower... Check it out.......

jimh posted 03-19-2004 12:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
All weight aloft is detrimental to boat stability and should be kept to an absolute minimum.
cape_rover posted 03-19-2004 06:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for cape_rover  Send Email to cape_rover     
I've never owned a tower but I've considered installing a "flats tower" on a smaller boat:

LuckyLady posted 03-20-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for LuckyLady  Send Email to LuckyLady     
Here on the Big Isle in Hawaii, on my way to work, I pass an older Ribbed Outrage all decked out with an unbelievable tuna tower that they use for their Whale Watching business.
I plan on stopping one day and take some pictures and ask a few questions on how the boat handles with all that superstructure on top.
Lars Simonsen posted 03-20-2004 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I'm considering building a small "tower" for my 18' Dauntless for cobia fishing. My dauntless is set up for a ski pylon; I'm thinking about building a fairly short stainless steel "stepladder" with a ring (like a basketball goal) that you stand inside of to lean against and hold onto. I'm figuring if it can get you 4 feet above the deck, it'll provide enough height to better spot cobia. So far, it's just an idea . . .
kglinz posted 03-20-2004 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I think this is a 28 Conquest...
bbrunner posted 03-22-2004 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     

The cetacea section is great, and having looked through it, I wanted to hear from owners if they had done this and what their experiences were. A picture tells a thousand words, but sometimes a few more are helpful!

Thanks for the specific references!

bbrunner posted 03-22-2004 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     
Lucky Lady-
post any pics you get!

I couldn't access the url that you posted. Can you check it? I got an "access denied" error from the web server.

Does anyone know the owner that added that tower to the Outrage 18? Was it mounted to the boat independent of the existing top or was it mounted to the top?

kglinz posted 03-22-2004 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Try this URL...
bbrunner posted 04-22-2004 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     
I found this ttop hooked to a 23 conquest on

It looks like he just screwed it to the existing hardtop. I emailed BW and they did not recommend mounting something to the top as the hartop was not intended for that use. It looks like it would be a custom job to have one put on the conquest and maybe mount it to the hull and have it extend throught the top, without the top bearing any of the weight. I have never tried to stand on my ttop, it would probably take it, but i am probably not willing to risk it.

Does anyone know what the hardtops are made of?

Southpaw posted 04-28-2004 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Southpaw  Send Email to Southpaw     
here's my 1992 23WA/twin '95 200SWS yamahas with added folding tower. it's makes a big difference offshore. this boat will be for sale soon.
Southpaw posted 04-28-2004 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Southpaw  Send Email to Southpaw
this boat is located in east central florida.
HAPPYJIM posted 04-29-2004 04:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Very nice boat, Southpaw.
Tom2697 posted 05-08-2004 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
A tuna tower on a whaler is probably not a good idea. A marlin tower would be better, yet a spotting tower would be best. I know it sounds confusing so I'll try to elaborate. A tuna tower generally is really tall and only has room for 1 or 2 people. They are used usually on boats with a flybridge to raise the visibility up even further. A marlin tower is mostly used on an express style boat to give the visibility of a flybridge. A spotting tower is often used on smaller center console boats. It it basically a platform (with railings) built on top of a hard-roofed t-top. All three styles can have controls installed although tuna towers and spotting towers usually don't. The spotting towers are quite common for flats fishing boats. This style tower would definitely work on a Whaler as a neighbor of mine has one on his Gulf Coast flats boat. This boat is basically a 70's era Whaler Outrage hull that was copied and modified to include a tunnel.
bbrunner posted 05-10-2004 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     
nice info, did not know the nuances of the towers. i was just wondering if it was a possibility and was interested in how people have setup their conquests for fishing.

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