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Old 07-02-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Best Boat Tower for fishing boat?

Hey guys,

I have a Thunder Jet 20' boat that I want to get a tower built and installed.

Looking at local people, around the portland area, I have found these.

Samson Sports - Camas Washington.

Full Penn - Vancouver Washington.

North West Custom Boat Works - Silverton Oregon.

My question is...any others you would use/recommend?
And, has anyone used any of these? What reason would you use them again or not use them again? Best price for the towers?

This looks to be some bucks no matter who does it.
I would like to get it right and not wish I had used someone else...
Options you would put on? Or something you wish you hadnt done?
I would like to have a Carb David installed too. I think one somehow attached to the tower side and then removable might be nice. You opinion?



Thank you,

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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I have got a samson tower on a 20/34 luxor ob 1/2 hard top and it works pulling tubes,wakeboards and skiers.I suggest 6 rod holders up top and a net holder on the side.Have the lighted pilon for the rope and I would then add some16 guage wires tied to the pilon light wires and just dead end them in the boat under the dash,just in case you want to add something,you already have the wire run.I am out here in wisconsin so I dont need them thar Carb Davids so I have no ideas for you
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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I have got a samson tower on a 20/34 luxor ob 1/2 hard top and it works pulling tubes,wakeboards and skiers.I suggest 6 rod holders up top and a net holder on the side.Have the lighted pilon for the rope and I would then add some16 guage wires tied to the pilon light wires and just dead end them in the boat under the dash,just in case you want to add something,you already have the wire run.I am out here in wisconsin so I dont need them thar Carb Davids so I have no ideas for you

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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Go talk to kenny at full-penn ,all they build are fish towers . I welded for thirty years and still wish i could weld like him
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Did you try Barewest in Tigard?

I have used them and recommend them.

Tell them Mark with the Noethwest Jet sent you.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:21 PM   #6
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Buy a tower that is made for your boat and fits the shape of your top and isn't a one fits all. I have a Sampson tower and its fine quality and workmanship probably more money but definitely worth the money. My 2
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:45 PM   #7
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Another vote for samson!
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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North West Custom Boat Works - Silverton Oregon.
Yeah, that's the place!

I preferred his design style and the super thick powder-coating finish that Robin uses.

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Old 07-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #9
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Kenny at Full Penn built mine. Quality is second to none. There wasn't a single metal shaving in the boat under any mounting point, and everything is exactly where it should be. There are gimbal mounts and removable liners in each rod holders, making any of them a net holder. There are rubber liners to accommodate thinner butted salmon rods for each rod holder. The lighted USCG approved pylon/light eliminates the use of the factory anchor light, and pulls a wakeboarder out with ease. The welds are better than I could do myself, and I'm certified in a few tig processes. The wiring is clean and correct. The unit folds down if the need arises. The tower is a close fit, but it does not rub the semi hard top, and the top is still removable without folding the tower down. I looked at the others, and own a Samson tower from a few years back on the wakeboard boat. I wouldn't go any other way for a fishing vessel, or watersports boat for that matter.

Check out some boats with towers from different vendors. Look them over closely, determine what you want, what it's going to cost, and figure out who you want to build yours.

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Old 07-11-2012, 03:37 PM   #10
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Matt,great lookin tower
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:19 PM   #11
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Yeah, that's the place!

I preferred his design style and the super thick powder-coating finish that Robin uses.

He's on here as Metal Manipulator
Robin is the best in the business, best tower ever for my boat!
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:31 AM   #12
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Kenny at Full Penn built mine. Quality is second to none. There wasn't a single metal shaving in the boat under any mounting point, and everything is exactly where it should be. There are gimbal mounts and removable liners in each rod holders, making any of them a net holder. There are rubber liners to accommodate thinner butted salmon rods for each rod holder. The lighted USCG approved pylon/light eliminates the use of the factory anchor light, and pulls a wakeboarder out with ease. The welds are better than I could do myself, and I'm certified in a few tig processes. The wiring is clean and correct. The unit folds down if the need arises. The tower is a close fit, but it does not rub the semi hard top, and the top is still removable without folding the tower down. I looked at the others, and own a Samson tower from a few years back on the wakeboard boat. I wouldn't go any other way for a fishing vessel, or watersports boat for that matter.

Check out some boats with towers from different vendors. Look them over closely, determine what you want, what it's going to cost, and figure out who you want to build yours.

Radar and VHF mounts (waiting for parts still)






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Old 09-04-2012, 08:33 AM   #13
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Matt,

I have been trying to get in touch with Kenny at Full-Penn, but have had no response. Is there a good phone number that I can reach him at or have him give me a call. I want one built for my Northriver Commander.

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:04 PM   #14
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Just an update.

I have been TRYING to get Kenny with full penn to do my tower. One thing after another. In short...still not done. Very frustrating. His towers are nice when you are one of the people to get ahold of him...on the list...and then actually get one started. A complete waste of time to this point. I gave up last week. Now looking for another option in the area near Portland.


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Old 02-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #15
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I'm in no way defending poor business practice, but I do have to say that most boat-related people are scarce in Feb because it's show season and they're usually out trying to recruit new business for the year.

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I'm in no way defending poor business practice, but I do have to say that most boat-related people are scarce in Feb because it's show season and they're usually out trying to recruit new business for the year.

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The good ones recognize this need and should accommodate.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:08 PM   #17
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When I had Kenny make me a Tower, I was on a wait list for 2 months til he had an opening. Don't be in a hurry to get your tower. I told kenny when I dropped it off to take his time because he is fitting these in along with his regular day to day business that he does. He said that it is usually a 1.5 week turnaround, but with a couple of other projects that we was doing it took alittle longer. No problem, I said, take your time and I know it will be one of the best Towers around, and it was. I am extremely happy and will recommend him to everyone. When I have any work done to my boat, my response to the Mechanics that are working on my boat is take you time and do it right. Have never been disappointed yet.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #18
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Just received my captains package aluminum radar arch from fishonsports, looks good, came with 8 rod holders, 2 swivel rod holders, 2 light brackets, radar pad, 1 net holder, 4 deck mounts, added another net holder for $775, the price has gone up $50 since, all are bolt on, & bolt together 2 side pieces, 4 elbows, 1 top piece, will put it together this weekend, not the best as I would rather have a fully welded custom radar arch, but very affordable, & practical.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #19
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Just received my captains package aluminum radar arch from fishonsports, looks good, came with 8 rod holders, 2 swivel rod holders, 2 light brackets, radar pad, 1 net holder, 4 deck mounts, added another net holder for $775, the price has gone up $50 since, all are bolt on, & bolt together 2 side pieces, 4 elbows, 1 top piece, will put it together this weekend, not the best as I would rather have a fully welded custom radar arch, but very affordable, & practical.

I installed the Fishonsports Uni-arch last year, and it has worked very well so far. They didn't have the Captain's package listed at that time, or I would have bought that (more stuff for the price!). The arch was fairly easyto assemble and mount; a second set of hands is really helpful when you put it in place on the boat and for marking your mounting holes! I have a 24" Raymarine radar, rod holders, and deck lights mounted on it, and have had no issues so far.
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