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Old 06-18-2012, 07:00 PM
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Hey everyone. Ordering a Key West 203 tomorrow and spoke with the factory about them building a custom tow arch over the motor reinforced enough for tubing. I ran into this TurboSwing. Thinking the TurboSwing price of $750, while steep, is about the same as a strong custom option such as the one shown here at the KW factory attached to another 203. What do you think? The TurboSwing is low, which could be a plus, and easily removable. It does require two extra transom holes for installation, but seems straight forward. Any reservations about drilling the 3rd pair of holes in your new Key West? It attaches via two brackets that fit OVER the motor bracket, and then the big hoop is sized for your particular engine. First picture is KW custom option, second is turboswing.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:30 PM
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I've got the TurboSwing Tow Rescue model. It has thicker walled tubing than the regular model. Got it to tow water skiers and tubes behind the whaler, it does that with no problem. I haven't towed anybody in but wouldn't hesitate...it's stout and the brackets attach over the motor bracket, so you're pulling directly from the motive power. I really like how the line shackle swivels around as the tow-ee goes from side to side, seems to keep the load equalized better than if I just hooked it to a stationary transome eye.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:45 PM
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Gulfsurfer,

Thanks for the thoughts! Any strange corrosion issues with dissimilar metals on top of each other at the motor mount?

How easy to remove? Looks easy in the video, but I wasn't in that video.

All things being equal (or not), would you do it again or go with a custom deal of the same price?

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:20 PM
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Wish I could take a pic for you, but it's at the weekend house. Let me know if you want a pic, I can take it next weekend.

It's very easy to remove, but I just leave it on in case i need it. When I said I haven't towed anyone, I meant another boat...but I wouldn't hesitate doing it.
It's all SS, so the differences in galvanic potential between the bracketry and the outboard bracket (I assume to be some aluminum alloy) are minimal.
I wouldn't go custom cause these swiss engineers have already done all the design work...why get someone to do a one-off design? It may or may not work or fit as well.

I looked at a Scout ski pylon that a Scout dealer had ordered for a customer but they changed their mind. He offered it to me for $500 (way below retail) just to move it. I didn't like that it mounted to the transom, I would have had to drill 4-6 holes in the transom. The surface area of its brackets was nowhere near the surface area of my 150 Johnson OceanRunner's brackets. I think that you're pulling from the engine brackets with the turboswing is the most unique feature...doesn't seem like it would stress the transom as much as transom mounted ski-pylons.

But then again, I'm not a structural engineer...but I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last nite
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