The boating hobby is just as bad and can be compared to having a heroin habit. Boating is always costly. But the joy, experience and freedom are priceless.Don't forget......430hp.... this will obviously jack up the price. But I do agree, they are a bit pricey. But then again, everything is gettting more expensive these days including the cost of materials to build these things.
I can't see paying an extra 10 thousand for a boat with a tower($1900), a fat sac and pump($400), and Perfect Pass($1500). I have an 04 speedster with the twin 155's.I am in the process of designing and building a wake tower for my boat. The hardest thing I have found is getting the cleves attachments for the tower to the OEM aluminum rails that come on the boat. I would rather not like to weld the tower straight to the boat. When I'm finished the entire tower should cost me less than $400 and be custom to my needs for the boat. I will post pictures when its finished, but don't expect them anytime soon as I see construction taking me awhile since I kinda have to bend the pipe at the mechanical contractors shop for my jobsite so I'm working on there schedule. I have attached a power point file of the drawing. If anyone wants the CAD drawing you can email me for it. It in AutoCAD 2006.
Here is a new pic. I didn't realize you couldn't see the tower in the last one. Expand this one to see it in full.
I dont even see why the "Challenger" is marketed. ALL jet powered boats can produce HUGE wakes at the right speed.
Hmmm . . . . a homemade tower; I would love to see how that turns out.