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Tuna Tower or Not? Pros/Cons

Old 06-21-2019, 08:28 AM
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Question Tuna Tower or Not? Pros/Cons

Ahoy Mateys,
I am narrowing down my search for a 40', center console, triple outboard dual purpose boat (Pursuit, Scout, BW, etc). Will adding the factory Tuna Tower option seriously compromise the handling and enjoyment of these highly rated boats? I really want the tower, but not at the expense of ride and comfort.
What's your experience?
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:43 AM
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How high of a tower? If your feet are on the hard top on a 40' CC I doubt it would do much to the ride. It would probably slow you down a knot or 2 and it would rock more but the movement would be pretty small. If your friend had the same boat without a "Tower" and looked at both on a drift you would probably not notice.

If you want a tower get one, lots more visibility up there, I would not own a 40 foot CC without being able to stand and drive on the hardtop.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:03 AM
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simple solution.... opt for the sea keeper with the tower.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:01 AM
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Are you talking about a tuna tower or a second station up on the hard top? I've seen lots of big sporties with tuna towers but have never seen anyone actually use the tower. If you're talking about an upper station on the hard top, then yeah, that's a no brainer, especially if you do any marlin fishing. Just like a flybridge on a sporty, or a half-tower on an express boat.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:09 AM
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Moving the boat on land will be a lot more complicated.

If you have a flatter deadrise and diesels down low in her belly that will help with the rocking. And if you want a fast hull, you have to consider how hard you want to shake long pipe and welds.

I personally feel that a roof station is good compromise, with a 5-10k radar array on top of that that can spot tuna birds, other boats in the fleet, and weather than I can see anyways. This is probably a more economical solution than a higher tower anyways and you can do your watching in the cabin when it gets rough, hot or cold. It also keeps you closer to your rods if you get a strike and want to do more than look at the fish your guests are catching before you can skinny down to the deck where the action is.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:22 AM
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The roof station is a marlin tower. OP wants a tuna tower. OP already decided they want one and are trying to understand the cons of having a tower.

If you drift fish, the tower will cause the boat to rock more on the drift. It will add extra weight up top likely affecting the handling of the boat and its speed. If you ever want to trailer the boat, the tuna tower will have to be removed as it will exceed height restrictions on the highway. If you have to frequently go under lower bridges, you might end up having to wait for the bridge to open.

If handling and rocking are your only concerns, get a tower. You can always remove it if it hurts the performance of the boat. A 40' center console is a big boat, it likely wont be as affected by the tower.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by CaptnJuff View Post
The roof station is a marlin tower. OP wants a tuna tower. OP already decided they want one and are trying to understand the cons of having a tower.
Op wants the factory option which is the roof station not a 35' tuna tower
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:32 AM
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Is it Ok to catch marlin from a boat with a tuna tower? Or is that a THT 'foul'?
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by GreatBigTuna View Post
Are you talking about a tuna tower or a second station up on the hard top? I've seen lots of big sporties with tuna towers but have never seen anyone actually use the tower. If you're talking about an upper station on the hard top, then yeah, that's a no brainer, especially if you do any marlin fishing. Just like a flybridge on a sporty, or a half-tower on an express boat.
The coined phrases usually are:

Marlin tower = half tower
Tuna towe = full tower

We had a half tower on our 30 express and it was fun. We have a full tuna tower on our 36 and it's tippy.

Personally, I think CC's with towers look like crap. BUT that's just my opinion. Not to mention they probably only raise you up about another 6'. The half tower on our 30 got us up about 8'. The full tower on our 36' has to be 15' or more.

Like I said though, it's a tad bit tippy up there in anything bigger than 2's lol.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:51 AM
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For a 40ft center console with no height restrictions? Go for it!

The enjoyment factor goes up exponentially with a second station. In SE Florida these are the perks for me:

1. Amazing perspective up there... even when not fishing. Like driving down the highway in a lifted truck vs a go cart.
2. When fishing you see more bait, game fish, bottom structure, etc.
3. When trolling you can clearly see the baits, whether they're running right and fish coming into the spread. No doubt the tower has caught fish both live baiting and trolling that would have otherwise been missed.
3. With divers/snorkels down its safer. Far easier to follow from above with 360 degrees of visibility.
4. Roominess. The kids love the tower, adults love the tower, everyone ends up there at some point. This opens up the rest of the boat.

I'll be the first to say no thank you if the seas are more than 2 ft, but more days than not I'm using it. Of course you'll here the arguments about added maintenance, decreased boat performance, cost...but in your case you're already considering a mega $$ 40ft CC, it's a no brainier to me. Similarly, in my case the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks too. FWIW I have a 31ft catamaran.

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Do you have to go under bridges? If so, waiting for those to open could get old real quick..
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Originally Posted by FishEye View Post
Do you have to go under bridges? If so, waiting for those to open could get old real quick..
Watch out for those bridges they have jumped in front of members in the past
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I would do a tower as there is only one bridge b/w me and inlet. You also need a shop that is accessible by water that is not too far away. Get the skyhook function as it makes waiting on bridges a lot better.
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Originally Posted by fjmaverick View Post
Op wants the factory option which is the roof station not a 35' tuna tower
Im gonna assume he knows what a tuna tower is, its the polite thing to do. Some factories will install a tuna tower if you ask.

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Do you have to go under bridges? If so, waiting for those to open could get old real quick..
Man, I wish I had thought of that! :-p
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BW and Scout are highly rated boats?
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Originally Posted by pilotwerxs View Post
BW and Scout are highly rated boats?
I think he meant highly over rated....
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Tippaul View Post
Ahoy Mateys,
I am narrowing down my search for a 40', center console, triple outboard dual purpose boat (Pursuit, Scout, BW, etc). Will adding the factory Tuna Tower option seriously compromise the handling and enjoyment of these highly rated boats? I really want the tower, but not at the expense of ride and comfort.
What's your experience?
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Thanks for all the insights and color commentaries! I now know there is a difference between a tuna tower, marlin tower and upper station. No bridges, overhead wires or many paved roads. What about beach launching?
Keep those comments coming!
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