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Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-07-2007, 5:19 PM Reply   
So I am contemplating buying a new style fiberglass platform from CC for my 86 ski nautique which obviously has a teak platform. I am wondering how likely i am to get crucified for this by the ski boat community.

That is why i asked this on a wakeboard website instead of one like I want the opinion of other wakeboards and boat lovers. Some people are complete purists and want to keep their older boats stock. I am more interested in function and convenience than keeping my boat looking like it did 20 years ago when it came out of the factory.

So lets get a little yay or nay from people on the website.
Old     (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       05-07-2007, 5:30 PM Reply   
You can always keep the Teak platform in the garage. If I am not mistaken, it won't be a bolt on change, but I think that it would look cool, and the next owner can always put the teak back on. Post some pics if you do it.
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-07-2007, 6:08 PM Reply   
Ya, I would keep the teak platform for any future owner. Anyone have a guess about the price range that a factory platfrom would cost? Also I will try to post a picture tomorrow of my existing swimplatform and maybe someone with photoshop skills can change it so that we can see how it would look with the new platform on.
Old     (jpshaff01)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-07-2007, 6:33 PM Reply   
A 2001 would be a little narrow for a platform off a new boat wouldnt you think? I know some 80's supra comps have fiberglass platforms, i wish i had one of those.
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-07-2007, 7:09 PM Reply   
Not necessarily. I could get a platform from a ski nautqieu 196 which actually has a more narrow beam then a 2001. The only issue that would concern me is the curve of the platform. But there can only be so much curve to the rear of a boat before it is distorted and disfunctional. I bet it would work. Its a matter of if it will look ok on my boat. I hate teaking my platform, and the previous owner put nails in the teak platform to hold it together and they are not perfectly flush and wont be no matter how hard i try to even them out. Thats another reason why i like the idea of a new platform
Old     (malibuboarder75)      Join Date: Jan 2004       05-07-2007, 7:46 PM Reply   
Also, the mounting brackets on the 2001 probably aren't the same as the 196. I know my 2001 is mounted with lag bolts into the hull.
Old     (jpshaff01)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-07-2007, 7:53 PM Reply   
Maybe you can go with some kind of composite board and rhino line it, Then just get some molding for the edge. Or make your own out of fiberglass.
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-07-2007, 8:09 PM Reply   
Thats true about the mounting brackets. I wonder if using the existing mounting brackets would work and then just screw the new fiberglass platform on top the existing brackets and seal it with 3m 5200. I doubt that would work tho. Anyone have access to a picture of the brackets for a 196?
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-07-2007, 8:11 PM Reply   
found one....way different then the 2001 brackets. Wonder if i could make it work?Upload
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-08-2007, 9:43 AM Reply   
So i just got a price from my local CC dealership.

$1325, which is a lot higher than I had anticipated. I will live with teaking my platform.
Old     (yosquire)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-08-2007, 9:50 AM Reply   
Are you handy?

What about making a fiberglass cover for it?

Lay down some drop cloth on the teak platform, tape it snuggly in place, begin laying fiberglass, build it up until you are satisfied, finish the glass work, get some rubber for the decking, neatly screw it in place, and wah-la, you have a removable Fiberglass platform.
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-08-2007, 10:08 AM Reply   
Im handy but im not sure if I am that handy. The platform is set up with slats so there are open spaces. If i cover it with fiberglass there will still be open spots. Here is a picture. Tell me if you think it would work. This would be a good winter project...
Old     (ccryder)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-08-2007, 10:43 AM Reply   
Contact Brent at Boat County, he started a company for replacement composite platforms, he may have something for your boat.

(209) 838-2628

Good luck,
Old     (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       05-08-2007, 9:41 PM Reply   
you said you like function... the openings are great for grabbing onto the platform when your driver comes swinging up...and that teak looks good...spend your time and money on a new trick


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