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New to Forum - Buying a 1998 Sportster LX - Thoughts? Test drive & ski tomorrow.

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Nice! I don't have a Sportster but I do have a sunsetter lxi.  I do not have a factory teak platform. I "think" it is off a sanger v210.  It is massive, I wouldnt want anything smaller.  It does get in the water when I surf, but this is a ski boat, not a surf boat so it doesn't bother me.  My point is, don't be stuck on a getting a factory teak swim deck.


Here is a pic of my swim deck, I just put the new foam down yesterday.  


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Hey guys!  A some of you commented on my swim platform that I posted.  I think I found a solution.  Check these guys out:

 Teak World Enterprises

They quoted me $625 without the wedge access door and $705 with the door.  Shipping to my zip code is $90.  


How big of a pita is teak swim platform to maintain?

How easy is it to install one?  I imagine I leave the brackets that are already on the boat, remove the existing platform, then just screw through the existing brackets into the bottom of the new teak platform?


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If it's that exact platform yes it looks really nice !  And I think yes too on the installation. Note how the existing platform relates to the stern and replicate that with the new platform on your existing mounts. 

The teak will last a lifetime. People differ on it's maintenance. I'm a believer in using a sealer rather than oil.

Steve B.

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13 hours ago, hondaf17 said:

How big of a pita is teak swim platform to maintain?

Anything from absolutely zero maintenance until it falls apart to full anal retentive touchups after every outing.

11 hours ago, Steve B. said:

I'm a believer in using a sealer rather than oil.

I have been using Watco Teak Oil.  They say it is basically linseed oil, but it acts like it also has Tung oil as well since it seems to build up fairly easily.  I find it really easy to touch up skeg marks whenever they start to bother me.

My platform was fairly grey and weathered when I bought the boat.  I cleaned it but didn't sand it at all because I wanted to leave the texture to help make it non-skid.  The texture also helps keep those marks from showing up at all.

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