|We have a Crownline and would like to add a swim platform to the back because like most I/O there is not much of a platform back there to work with. |
After contacting the dealer there is no way I can afford a fiberglass platform through them, they want over $1000 which I think is ridiculous for a piece of fiberglass.
My dad and I are both pretty good handy men and have made many things out of wood. I was considering making my own platform. Has any one tried this, any suggestions of there to start? Where could I get the brackets to support the platform?
|make sure you use stainless and teak|
|Have you checked the after market places? |
I have no idea how the prices are, but a quick
Sample on a Crownline:
I have a buddy that made his own - but he has a tubing bender. He made the actual platform out of Trex (deck material).
|I have been thinking about making my own swim platform to replace the teak on my Malibu. I considered using Trex but have you weighed one of their boards? I estimated a 2"x64"x24" Trex swim deck at almost 200 lbs! |
There is a thread here on WW where a guy made one out of CDX plywood with 2x6s underneath for reinforcement (similar design as our stock teak swim platforms). It came out nice but I think I could simplify it & make it better. I was thinking of using 2 layers of 1" - 3/4" marine ply ($85 for a 4'x8'x1" sheet), cut to shape, then have it Line-xed (smooth with no grit), and a Trax/Gator Grip top deck. The Line-X can be color matched for your boat, and the Trax pad comes in a variety of color to compliment the package. Total cost would be well under $300.
That's almost EXACTLY what Paul started with -
then he went to the trex, spaced about half an
It all de-laminated (the plywood one), even with the Rhino on it
after about 2 seasons.
Was great while it was new ...
PS (where on earth would you get the Trax? ;o) )
PPS (you thinking about going to Powell with us
(Message edited by tgoin on April 12, 2009)
|Hehe, Powell is on my short list of places to go ride. Keep us in the loop on the plans. If things work out for us, we'll be there. |
So do you know if Paul used marine plywood or CDX on his platform? Maybe a layer of fiberglass cloth & resin over the plywood would be in order to seal up the whole thing?
With the Trex version spaced out 1/2", how heavy did it turn out? Any pics of that one available?
|I have looked into swimplatforms.com, and the quoted price for my Bayliner IO was $1150 USD, with quite the shipping price. I like the idea of the wood platform. Please post any progress you make, or any pictures of actual construction, because I am also looking into this.|
|I made a really sweet looking one for 100 on my old boat. It was really simple. |
I just bought some pedra decking wood. Cut them to the proper lengths that I wanted, and cut the last board to match the shape of my transom. Then I Screwed all the boards together like you would a deck with a small gap in between, and I used two pieces of pedra decking underneith to hold it all together and to hold the aluminum brackets.
I drilled holes and used oak plugs to cover scew holes, and used gorilla waterproof glue to hold the plugs in. Then after it was all done i used a hand held jig saw and cut the platform to the desired shape, tapper edges etc. Lastly I used a sander to round all the edges nicely and the I stained it. It was very beautiful, held up for 2 years in salt water as well, and never hand a problem.
Just a suggestion.
|Check crowniehq.net out. They are a crownline website and swimplatforms.com just sponsored them. I bought one from them a couple years ago for my crownline. They usually do a discount of somekind or free shipping.|
|my friend and i made one out of the trex materail and it holds up great...no maintence and no mildue build up or the green allgy|
|Mike where did you get the brackets to hold the platform up.|
|Hey Mike, |
Any chance you can post up a couple of pics of the Trex swim platform?
In a boat like Malibu's, I'm pretty conscientious about any replacement swim platform looking as good or better than stock. It seems like any material with a smooth Line-x finish & Gator Grip swim pad would fit the bill. But finding the right core material has proven to be kind of a bi+ch. And when I had thought of using a Trex-like plastic lumber in the past, it seemed like a 2" thick x 64" wide x 24" deep swim platform would be like 200 lbs. Granted the weight would be great. But would the platform brackets handle that?!
(Message edited by bill_airjunky on April 15, 2009)