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  • Review of the Nautique Strapless Board Rack by Roswell (Triton Racks)

    After having my Nautique Strapless Board Racks by Roswell (AKA the Roswell Triton Board Racks) on my boat for a couple of weeks now, I wanted to do a little write-up to let you all know my thoughts on these racks. I have gotten a few questions about these, and I hope I am able to answer all of those here.

    First, the racks are very easy to install. They mount to the standard factory board rack mounting location using four 3/16 allen bolts on each side. It took me all of five minutes to install these. The process is super quick and easy. The racks themselves come ready to install. There is no assembly required.

    The racks have a nice anodized finish, billet aluminum tines and stainless steel hardware. They have a good quality feel to them.

    These racks have two settings for different width boards. Mine are currently set on the narrow setting, which is for boards measuring 14" - 20" wide. The wide setting can be used for boards 17" - 23" wide. Changing this setting only requires the removal of a couple of allen bolts, sliding the telescopic arm up, and re-installation of the allen bolts.

    Inserting the boards is easy and intuitive. Just place the board in the rack, slide the telescopic arm up, pull the board into position, and allow the arm to come down and grasp the board. The racks have 10mm SeaDek foam on the tines, and a stronger foam at the bottom contact points to protect the board from damage.

    These racks rotate just like Roswell's other racks, with a simple pull-release from the top. They spin in easily, and even my widest surf board easily cleared my tower speakers.

    The price point for the Roswell Triton racks is roughly $1,000 less than other competitive products on the market. I do not currently have pricing for the Nautique-branded version of these racks, however. I will update this review once I have that pricing.

    I have been using these racks on my boat for a couple of weeks now, and I am really enjoying them. It is clear that a lot of thinking went into the design of these racks. Nautique has been reluctant to release a strapless board rack in the past due to liability concerns around the towrope getting wrapped around a board during rider pick-up, and then having the driver accelerate to pull the rider back up with the rope wrapped around a board in the racks. These racks eliminate that risk, so they are considered by Nautique to be safer than other clamping board racks. If a rope was somehow to get caught on a board in these racks (which would be very difficult), there is an extremely low risk of the board coming completely out of the rack.

    During the time I have been using these racks, which has included some very rough days (including the Shaun Murray world record day at White Lake, where there were whitecaps all day), these racks have held my boards tightly and securely, and didn't make a sound.

    The only detractor that I have found for these racks is that under certain conditions, they can require a boat driver to have to look carefully for other boats that may be in the direct line of sight that the boards in the rack may obstruct. I have a couple of pictures below that shows the view from the driver's seat. This isn't a major issue, and simply requires the driver to be aware that he or she may need to look twice for boats in that direct sight path. This is no worse than other racks that stand the boards up, and I gladly accept this extra vision check in exchange for the other advantages of the racks.




    Here are some shots of the racks on the 2017 PLANETNAUTIQUE G23.














    As you can see, these racks allow any water from the boards to drain OUTSIDE the boat, instead of being directed back into the boat like most other racks. This, surprisingly, is a pretty big deal. It keeps the people in the back seats from getting rained on when wet boards are loaded into the racks. You can see from these pictures how the racks hang the boards out to the sides of the boat.








    Here's the view from the driver's seat (as mentioned above). I would recommend placing the smaller boards on the passenger side to allow for maximum visibility.








    As for being able to rotate in and clear the tower speakers, check out these shots. The boards in the driver's side rack are a Hyperlite Baseline on the inner tine and a Hyperlite Murray 150 (the biggest one) on the outer tine. They easily clear the Roswell Neptune tower speakers on my G23. I believe the JL speakers are a bit shorter than the Roswell Neptunes, so the clearance with those should be even better. The passenger side racks have a Hyperlite Hi Fi surfboard on the inner tine, and a Hyperlite Murray Jr. on the outer tine. The Hi Fi is my widest surfboard, and again, it easily cleared my Roswell Neptune tower speakers.






















    These racks definitely have a different look to them than anything else out there. Even if the look isn't your thing, I encourage you to try them out from a functionality standpoint. They solve an issue that has kept Nautique from offering strapless board racks for many years, while at the same time allowing for increased functionality over existing board racks both from Roswell and their competitors. I am definitely enjoying these racks, and I will continue to update this thread as I make additional observations.

    Here's a little bit more information from Shawn Watson:


  • 177
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    Hey Jeff, any idea if these would fit on a 2015 210? Would love to upgrade from the strap racks!

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  • blueroom
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    Another small possible advantage I see... The boards are positioned more vertically than horizontally and it may help keep them from cooking as much in the sun. I know the top board in my racks get HOT. The outside board will still get sun, but maybe not quite as direct. Who knows.

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  • tmb
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    Curious if anyone is using these racks on a 210? I'm considering ordering a new one and wonder how they work With surfboards possibly hitting speakers

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  • NautiqueJeff
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    Occasionally, but no worse than any other rack. When there are boards in the racks, it pretty much never happens.

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  • BigEasy
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    Does the rope get hung on them when you are picking up your rider?

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  • NautiqueJeff
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    No, they do not.

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  • wiggy G23
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    Jeff do they lock off at 90 degree (half way round) ?

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  • mnovstel
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    Thanks for the info Jeff. I would want to make sure they would clear with Wakeboards in them, as that is what I need to change about the racks that came with my boat. I can only fit boards in the bottom slot and be able to swing them in.

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  • NautiqueJeff
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    Yes, they should fit just fine. Since the Z5 sits under the tower, they might not spin in with boards in them, but they should spin in just fine empty.

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  • mnovstel
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    Would these racks fit on a 2013 G23 with the Z5? I know the towers are slightly different on the newer G's. Anyone out there have any pics of them on an older G?

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  • NautiqueJeff
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    That depends on whether you order the Nautique version of the racks, or the Roswell version of the racks. Mine are the Nautique version, and came with the swivels.

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  • wakerider107
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    Thanks for the write up.

    I want to point out the required Roswell swivel mounts are not included with the racks. I figured the racks mounted to Nautiques swivel. Whoops

    Update: $450 later, racks are installed on my G21 and they work very well. They don't rattle at all and are very easy to use.
    Last edited by wakerider107; 05-14-2017, 11:27 AM.

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  • JoeA
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    I'd love to see a pic of these racks turned in with some Rev10s on the tower.

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  • NautiqueJeff
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    Yes, the new Roswell Triton racks themselves are lower than the stock Nautique racks. Here's a picture of my boat with the stock racks, and as you can see, the stock racks do sit higher.

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