Older ski-boats are a super value, just throw on an after-market tower and add a fat-sac or two and you’re good to go.
For our ’92 SNOB, I purchased the popular Monster MT1 tower, and chose to do the the install myself (saves you about $300 beans).
Regardless what folks say, reinforcing the mount points is recommended. In my case, the gel-coat along the gunnels (rear tower mounts) was fairly thick, but barely the minimum. The thickness up on the open bow (front tower mounts) was super thin.
I couldn’t find any good pictures or references on the web for how to do this, so hopefully this post will help a few stragglers.
Some talk about actually adding layers of glass and fiber to build up the mount points. If you got those skills and materials, go for it. I didn’t feel like messing with all that…
Instead, I cut a few 2×4’s I had in the garage to fit. (Note: I had already drilled the holes for the tower mounts following the tower instructions), then I…
dug out the foam underneath each mount point
cut 2×4 sections to fit, numbered each one
had a friend hold each one, while from the top, I used a pencil/marker to mark where the holes were
drilled holes at the mark points
bought longer stainless bolts at the hardware store, applied 3M marine adhesive and held each one in place with a friend passing the bolts through and tightening snug