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afishinado21 posted 05-03-2004 11:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for afishinado21  
I have a 2000 21'conquest with factory hardtop. I'd like to wakeboard hooking the rope to the hardtop. Has anyone had any experience with this? The hardtop really looks like its built solid. I have read threads from people with Conquest 21 & 23's who had problems with cracks at the weld joints. I have inspected my weld joints and they seem to be solid. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
bsmotril posted 05-03-2004 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I would not even consider doing that. The HT support structure is barely adequate on the older conquests after a factory Retrofit kit to reinforce the struts. I've got a 97 23 Conquest and had welds fail twice until I had the bracing upgraded from the factory. The top is not engineered to handle forces applied from the rear. Call Whaler and asked their engieering dept if you want a more definitive educated second opinion.
tully_mars posted 05-03-2004 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
I 2nd this, the top is not supported for the stress created by pulling a wakeboarder.

Capt. Tully Mars

dauntlass 18 posted 05-03-2004 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
I am not into wakeboarding so I really dont know if it would work but why not use the rail around the motor well? My 21Conquest is equiped with a fitting in the rail to accept a bait prep. station or ski pylon.I have the ski pylon it is WHALER oem and quite strong.
afishinado21 posted 05-03-2004 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for afishinado21    
thanks Dauntless

When it comes to wakeboarding, the higher the rope the better. I won't take a chance attaching to the Hardtop if there's any possiblity of it failing.

I was wondering how high off the floor the ski pylon stands. Did your pylon come with the boat or did you order from Whaler? Do you have any idea of the cost?

dauntlass 18 posted 05-04-2004 05:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Afishinado21: Our Whaler had the bracket welded into the
center of the motor top well rail. All 21' Conquests that
I have seen have the bracket. The 1999 Boston Whaler
catalog shows both the bait prep/cocktail table and ski
pylon as Whaler accessories. We had the same exact ski
pylon with our 1998 Dauntless. If you send me an email
address I will send you digital images of the pylon.
afishinado21 posted 05-04-2004 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for afishinado21    
hey dauntless

I ordered the boat with the fishing package which included the bait prep station. I got the Pylon part number from BW a few months back. I need to call around to various dealers, was wondering if yours came with the boat or did you order after. I am hesitant to go back to my original dealer due to a bad delivery experience.

My email address should be added to this post, I would love to see pictures.

So how's your 21 Conquest holding up? what year is it, what motor are you running? Just curious since I don't see many around in my area.


afishinado21 posted 05-04-2004 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for afishinado21    

another question came up... will the 28" ski pylon clear my 225 Optimax Cowl? The dealer asked me the question, shouldn't they know the answer?

I could measure it but I don't understand how deep into the accessory mount the 28" disappears. If its deep then maybe not. if its the same distance as my prep station then it will clear with no problem. Do you know how much is lost with mounting?

What motor are you running? I'm guessing your's clears with no problem.

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