This article was written by Connor, one of our founding editors. Connor is a full-time travel and lifestyle photographer with extensive experience in the outdoors industry.
Beyond simply their intended use (more hang time), wakeboard towers have become somewhat of a fashion statement combined with a sort of large-scale utility belt.
If you’re only using your wakeboard tower for greater hang time, then we’d say you’re nowhere near discovering its full potential. You’ll get far more bang for your buck if you deck it out with accessories that don’t just look the part, but are also insanely practical.
Accessories can help to free up floor space and can transform the look, feel, and sound of your boat. In this guide, we’re going to run through some of the common accessories for your wakeboard tower and how they’ll make an impact.
When you’re on a boat for a long time, it can go one of two ways: you’ll either get soaked from rain or burnt to a crisp from the blaring sun. More often than not it’s the sun, but it’s useful to be prepared either way.
A Bimini top is an open-faced canvas designed for use on boats or open-top cars, intended to keep the rain and shine off your back. They’re the perfect addition to any boat tower if you’re spending a lot of time on it, have guests or children on-board. They come in all sorts of materials, colors, and sizes to suit your boat’s needs.
Lights are becoming hugely popular on wakeboard towers these days. Not only will they be sure to make your boat stand out from the crowd, but they’ll also allow you to keep powering through as the light fades in the evening. Lights can generally be angled so that you can illuminate the subject of your choosing i.e. inside or outside of the boat.
If you REALLY want to make a difference to your boating experience, wakeboard tower speakers are for you. Given the correct setup (amp, subwoofer, and speakers), you’ll get incredible sound, allowing you and others to listen to good music.
Additionally, some even come with the ability to use the speakers as a megaphone type thing, which is perfect if you’re coaching the person behind the boat or simply want to communicate with them.
At a relatively low cost, these are perfect for clearing that much-needed floor space. As well as being useful to make room, they are ideal for letting used boards or impact vests dry out. On top of that, they’ll stop your boards from getting damaged.
There are plenty of racks to choose from, each with their own styles and variations. You can even get some that are designed specifically for surfboards, kneeboards, or skis.
You don’t need to settle for breaking your neck as you try to look out the back of a boat. Install some mirrors onto your tower and you’ll never have to move to be able to see the rider. What’s more, there’s an added safety element when you’ve got mirrors on your boat.
Just make sure that when you’re installing them, there’s ample head room and that they won’t get in the way when you’re moving around.
These hang along the T-bar of your wakeboard tower and are great for storing small items in an easily accessible place. Plenty of people use them to store important items like life jackets, impact vests, and first-aid kits.
Rope hooks can be attached to the top bar of your wake tower and are really useful for storing your wakeboard/ski rope, avoiding it from getting tangled and damaged. It also prevents you from having to leave it dangling and will save you time clearing it up.