How to Install a Ski Pylon

How to Install a Ski Pylon
With a sky pylon kit, most power boats capable of speeds between 10 and 20 miles per hour can be converted into water-ski boats. Installing such a kit onto your power boat may seem intimidating, especially because it involves drilling holes into your boat. But installation of a ski pylon should never involve putting a hole below the water line, and the skills involved are similar to installing heavy-duty lead anchors into the concrete or masonry walls of your home.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski pylon kit
  • Drill
  • Epoxy kit
  • Lead mounting anchors
  • Screwdriver
Step 1
Set the ski pylon base plate in position on the stern of the boat and mark the screw holes. Remove the pylon base plate, set it aside and drill the corresponding holes.
Step 2
Install mounting anchors for the base plate into the screw holes with epoxy. Allow the epoxy to harden as directed by the manufacturer before proceeding.
Step 3
Fasten the ski pylon base plate to the stern of the boat with screws. If the base plate and pylon are not molded together as a single piece, install the pylon into the base plate.
Step 4
Set the two support braces onto their mounting points on the ski pylon, but do not fasten them on the pylon with nuts and bolts yet. Choose where you wish to secure the braces to the stern of the boat, set them in place and mark that pair of screw holes. Make sure the braces are arranged so they do not create an obstruction for any outboard motor or rigging.
Step 5
Drill screw holes for the support braces where you marked in Step 4. Install the mounting anchors with epoxy, following the same procedure as in Step 2.
Step 6
Fasten the ski pylon's support braces to the boat with screws. Then fasten the braces to the ski pylon itself with nuts and bolts.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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