Ski racks for a TXi

mlangemlange Posts: 156 Baller
I got to spend some time in a Prostar last week and one of the things I really liked was the ski racks. Having room for a couple of more skis in addition to what you can get in the trunk would be really nice.

So I'm thinking about pulling the existing carpeted structure off of one of the sides in a TXi and throwing a rack in there. Anyone have any ideas on after market racks that would work?

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  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 352 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2014
    Been trying to figure that option out for the last 8 year for our RLXI, was going to mount a ski rack, from a tower, and mount some sort a release behind where the Malibu oval badge is on the gunnel. Have never found a ski rack that I like.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,746 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited July 2014
    Tough part too is that the Prostar really cut out the gunnels to create space so the racks even with skis don't intrude on walk around room...the gunnels are thin. Harder to do in a boat other than the Prostar right now.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 540 Baller
    The Malibu txi and lxi both have a lot of wasted space on the sides with a storage gunnel that you cant really use for skis. I wish they would remove the metal trim and cross bar from the side storage and keep in carpet like a 197 is. Our skis fit great in that even. Maybe they will rework the inside of the txi in the next few years while keeping the txi hull
    Rob Quetschke
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,410 Mega Baller
    The ProStar really utilizes every bit of the hull with. When I saw the PS ski racks first hand I really liked them, I was imediately invisioning them in my RLX, not sure if it would work.
  • CowboyTroy43CowboyTroy43 Posts: 5 Baller
    It's going to be really interesting to see how many ski boats adapt the ProStar storage racks in the future. They save so much space and are absolutely perfect for a family who might ski on a large lake and not have a dock close to a course to keep their stuff.
  • mlangemlange Posts: 156 Baller
    I'd be willing to bet there would be some demand out there if someone with the resources would make this happen.
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 435 Crazy Baller
    MB had an optional rack on their 190-200 ski boat back in the day. (15-20 yrs) Fixed pieces of black ABS I believe. The set-up held two skis on their side and allowed at least one more on the floor, I was always surprised there wasn't a generic version to install in other boats I would buy one.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,918 Mega Baller
    edited July 2014
    Doesn't seem like modifying a tower rack would work very well due to how far the skis would stick out. Modifying something like a simple gun rack might work better.
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rugged-Gear-Double-Hook-Dual-Lock-Gun-Rack/6457786

    The tower racks all stack like this, so no matter what orientation you installed it you would get twice as much width from the side of the boat than the Prostar rack. And yes, my skis are out in the sun ;)
    image
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 435 Crazy Baller
    Yep the adjustable molded gun racks look very similar to what Mike at MB had designed and offered until he went...all wakeboard all the time! ha
  • PurdueSkierPurdueSkier Posts: 142 Baller
    I have a 94 Echelon with very little storage space. About 2 years ago I made a DIY ski rack for the driver side gunnel. It is nowhere as nice as the new Prostars, but does the trick for me. It holds 2 skis and is removable without tools. I dont have any pictures with skis on it, but here is one of the rack. I used a removable garage storage/organizer hanger system that I cut down. Using the existing hardware that holds the side panel into the boat, I attached carpeted 2x3 boards vertically, then cut short pieces of track for the storage system and screwed them into the boards. I cut down the hangers to the proper length then they just clip onto the track (removable). I added some small bungees that can stretch over the skis and hook around the hanger for added security. The bottom ski sits bindings down and the top ski sits bindings up. Newer boats may be able to do something a little different to allow the skis to sit on edge or inside the gunnel, but since my boat is smaller this worked best.
    oldjeepLZywicki1kstateskier
  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 352 Crazy Baller
    That's what I'm talking about, but with the machined parts like a tower rack.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • kstateskierkstateskier Posts: 524 Solid Baller
    @PurdueSkier‌ thats nice work there. Do the skis bang around under power?
    KStateSkier
    Bradley Beach - Lone Rock Ski Club, Missouri
    2004 Malibu Response LXI, 2014 D3 Helix 66"
  • PurdueSkierPurdueSkier Posts: 142 Baller
    @kstateskier‌ nope, not at all. I leave them on there when I trailer the boat as well. The hangers have a rubber coating on them that protects the skis and the bungees pull down over the skis very tight. Never had an issue.
    kstateskier
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