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MXZINNC

Swim platform flipped up and ripped surf gate actuator off!

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MXZINNC

Cruising along at around 20 mph hit a few small waves and hear a weird noise... Turn around and the swim platform is 45 degrees up! Stop quickly and found all the screws on the port side had pulled out. Since the platform went 45 degrees it ripped the surf gate actuator bolts out of the boat. The gate is fine, but the three screws are ripped out.

Crazy stuff. I had just tightened two of the screws in the storage unit before heading to the lake. The rest were tight.

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Chatty21VLX

That's crazy. Are the screws/bolts still in the platform, or did you lose them in the water? Are the support brackets threaded, or is the platform through-bolted to the brackets?

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MXZINNC

That's crazy. Are the screws/bolts still in the platform, or did you lose them in the water? Are the support brackets threaded, or is the platform through-bolted to the brackets?

It was the screws that attach the platform to its bracket. The bracket itself is still firmly attached to the boat. The actuator is more annoying, as it ripped those screws out of the hull.

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MadMan

I wonder which one happened first and caused the other?

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MXZINNC

I wonder which one happened first and caused the other?

The platform definitely happened first. The surf gate is still attached and was not deployed so the only way the actuator could rip off was the swim platform detaching from its support bracket and hitting it.

Hopefully can get a fast repair so I can still enjoy the last few weeks of summer weather!

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wakebrdr94

While under way the swim, platflorm is out of the water, curious how that happened....

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Baddog

Are you sure you didn't hit something? Or did someone (not you) back the boat into something rigid and not tell you?

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Afun

Dude!! I am going to look at my pins now

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MXZINNC

So got the final word from the dealer. The power wedge seems to have lost its calibration slightly... It says it's fully retracted but it was still physically down a notch or two. So that caused water to push up on the swim platform and eventually work the screws out.

Looking at how the surf gate hydrolics are screwed on does not give a lot of confidence... The screws are tiny and directly into the transom. When people have surfgate issues the dealer always replaces those screws with through bolts now to make it attach stronger.

So should be all fixed in a few days. Crazy stuff!

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Baddog

So got the final word from the dealer. The power wedge seems to have lost its calibration slightly... It says it's fully retracted but it was still physically down a notch or two. So that caused water to push up on the swim platform and eventually work the screws out.

Looking at how the surf gate hydrolics are screwed on does not give a lot of confidence... The screws are tiny and directly into the transom. When people have surfgate issues the dealer always replaces those screws with through bolts now to make it attach stronger.

So should be all fixed in a few days. Crazy stuff!

BUT, still have some season left

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