When you ordered the 102's they came with the "feet' mounts for both ends, right? Also would you mind letting me know where you got them or how much? I'm looking at about $200 ea. before shipping to the great white north. Also does it matter what switch I get for the 102's if a speed controlled system suddenly becomes available? I currently have rockers, so I figured sticking with the rockers would be easy to integrate into my current dash.
As for my progress, well it's still all in brainstorming. But I need to order the actuators in order to get them in time to complete this at all before summer. Some ideas I've been playing with:
1- Plates made out of aluminum sheet and anodized to match the boat, may change this to a plastic to prevent scratches depending on my tolerances lining it up with the boat. and or platform.
2- My original hope was to have it all hidden underneath the swim platform. This is looking less likely. My platform is 4.5" short on each side to the corner of the boat. This leaves me with the option to hinge from the corner of the boat and butt up to the platform (approx 20" long gate). Hinge from the corner of the boat and hide the gate under the platform to butt up to the platform brackets (up to 28" length - more than needed). Or I've considered a hockey stick shape (Ya I'm Canadian).This would be hinged at the end of the "blade" section. The blade would be 4.5" long to extend the hinge from the outer corner of the boat to the corner of the platform. The "shaft" of the stick would be the actual gate itself, The blade would be parallel with the transom when active. At an angle of 30 degrees I am able to completely hide the whole system when stowed with a gate length of max 13". I like the idea of having it hidden when stored but have no testing to say whether 13" will have a significant difference over 20". Also tucking under the platform in 2 of the options limits the height of my gate.
3- When considering the height of the gate as discussed in many of the other threads, I've considered having a second section to the gate which hinges upwards. The gates would extend out with the main gate being unchanged and an upper portion lying horizontal on top. This can be accomplished with stop hinges, if the hinge is mounted on the outside of the gate, or just on contact between the two sections with inside (the gate) mounted hinges. Once the gate is extended, the water would push the upper section up into a vertical position. (This could actually be any angle using chamfered edges of the main gate). this would result in a taller gate and more push or less spray (as people have noticed in the other threads). When the gate closes the upper section would contact the swim platform and get pushed over back into the horizontal position. This would allow the gates to be hidden under the platform. This is definitly not going to be on my original setup. First off because it needs to be thought out better and second because any stop hinges or auto close/open hinges in stainless are not cheap. But it's something I've been considereing. In the case of a teak platform the folded top section could actually butt up to the platform and "increase" the size of your platform marginally. Granted you'd want to check the rigidity of your hinges.
For anyone who's had the opportunity to test, I'm very curious on what you guys think of a gate 13" long vs 20-28" . Same goes for height if I am able to tuck it under the swim platform.