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Raising the swim platform


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I think I just saw some pics of Pistol Pete's boat (for sale ad). He can chime in or you can look up his posts. I think he just put some strips of teak wood between the bracket and the platform, and probably used longer screws to hold it all together. Just a guess though.

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I used to own a 94 MC Prostar 205 & ran about 700 lbs of weight in it at all times. Because of that, the swimstep was in ankle deep water pretty much all the time. I raised it by doing pretty much exactly what vette-ski described....... removing the brackets from the swimstep itself & installing 3" spacers between the two, using longer screws. The spacers I made out of plastic called "King Starboard". If you Google that term, you will find hundreds of places that sell it..... even Ebay. It comes in several colors, ie; black, white, grey, etc. The stuff is workable using basic wood working tools, ie; circular saw, drill, etc. And it's totally at home with living underwater.

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Vette is right.

I raised my platform about 1.5" and it makes a world of difference.

All I did was get some teak and cut it to size and install longer screws.

Looking back, if I could do it over, I would have had someone fab. me a taller bracket that attached to the swim step.

Pics.

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Vette is right.

I raised my platform about 1.5" and it makes a world of difference.

All I did was get some teak and cut it to size and install longer screws.

Looking back, if I could do it over, I would have had someone fab. me a taller bracket that attached to the swim step.

Pics.

world of difference for what exactly?

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When you have some noob on the back, putting their board on, some roller comes by, raises their board up, off the swim platform and, BANGS against your transom, you'll see.

I also installed this to prevent damage....

transomeprotection-1.jpg

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When you have some noob on the back, putting their board on, some roller comes by, raises their board up, off the swim platform and, BANGS against your transom, you'll see.

I also installed this to prevent damage....

transomeprotection-1.jpg

I was thinking more along the lines of a better wake shape or surfing, we use the detachable transom pad to protect the gel.

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Same here, only I haven't done the mod yet. When my boat is lightly loaded, it's fine. But when I fill ballast, the top of my platform is right at the water line. When you stand on it, it is under. I'd like it above the water line at all times.

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Same here, only I haven't done the mod yet. When my boat is lightly loaded, it's fine. But when I fill ballast, the top of my platform is right at the water line. When you stand on it, it is under. I'd like it above the water line at all times.

Anyone with a definitive difference on the wake shape for surfing before and after a swim platform lift kit ?

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Sorry, I did it to get the swimstep out of the water when we were using it.

Seems like it would be easy to test though. Go surfing with the swimstep. Then remove it & go surfing again. You see any difference in wake shape?

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