Before Birdsall starts a job, he'll look at how the boat is built. On center consoles, for example, mounting the tower legs directly to the console is the preferred method so deck toe clearance isn't hindered. That might require adding reinforcing fiberglass or backing plates inside the console. When deck mounts are necessary, they are through-bolted or screwed into the sole and, ideally, into the stringer system for greater structural integrity and stiffness. Marine adhesive locks the components into place. Once the basic framework is completed, specific custom options can then be added.