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Offline Allblueacr

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CVX18 ski tower/eye
« on: November 05, 2019, 05:33:20 PM »
Can someone share pics/information on the through engine cowl ski tower with circular Eye. Was it available on 1985 with humped cowl? Where does it mount and is it a royal pain to open cowl?

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Offline Hyperacme

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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 06:18:28 PM »
No pictures or info  .. But looks like the CVX and CVZ use same bar.

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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2019, 08:44:39 PM »
Sorry about the mix and match for the pictures but I used what I had.

This picture shows how the ski tow mounts thru the engine cover on  a '80 CVX 18.  On my '86 CVX 18 it mounts the same way. The tow is a quarter turn twist lock so it's twist, pull out than open cowl. No problem.






Here is the topside engine cover  (humped cowl as you say) showing where the ski tow comes thru on my '86 CVX 18





 This shows the ski tow in it's mounting bracket.






Here's how I done mine.
 
I found a tow eye on ebay that had a pin to secure it instead of the twist lock, the OD also was smaller than the ID of my bracket so I sent it to a friend (Dick) for some modification.

Here it is as I bought it.






Dick turned a piece of round stainless to the proper size, drilled out the center to match the OD of the pole than notched the bottom to fit the twist lock.
Here's the finished product.   





Here are the dimensions for the notch.
Thanks to Brandon (75starflite) for this info.







Here are the dimensions taken from my bracket. The distance end to end may vary depending on the distance between your flotation boxes.
This bracket came from my '80 CVX18 and measures 38" across. The bracket on my '86 CVX18 measures 37".




Here are the bracket views










This is the underside view on my '86 showing the cut out on the bottom front edge of the engine cover





The bracket mounts to the rear seat back on all CVX's. This is on a '80 CVX 18 and seems to be an aftermarket or dealer install but it mounts basically the same as my '86.





Hope this helps.

John






« Last Edit: November 10, 2019, 07:16:53 PM by Glastronjohn18 »
John
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Offline Hyperacme

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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2019, 10:40:29 PM »
More great info John !
Can I link to the how to section ?

Offline Allblueacr

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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2019, 11:10:24 PM »
Thank you John; Gonna have to find one...
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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2019, 11:17:38 PM »
Yes it was available in '85

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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2019, 11:22:53 PM »
Whoops, meant to post this picture not the one my kids.  Shows how it mounts.
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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2019, 08:01:12 AM »
Adding some more pictures of the factory ski tow. The female receiver mounted to the boat has a spring loaded latch. You can see the notch on the bottom of the male end of the ski tow in the pictures. To install, align the ski tow into the receiver properly, push down and turn to lock it in. To remove, push down on the ski tow and turn the opposite direction. Works pretty slick.

 
« Last Edit: November 17, 2019, 08:04:54 AM by CVX Fever »
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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2020, 11:26:58 AM »
found a CVX20 with through engine cover ski bar. parts boat and limited intel on the other end...

will it fit my 85 CVX18 with the exception of the bezel on the engine cover?
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Re: CVX18 ski tower/eye
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2021, 12:16:59 AM »
Looking for one any one have one available looking for my CVX20 that has the factory hole