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We are wanting to add a swim deck/platform on the back of our ski boat but do not want to spend a ton of money. Any suggestions?
edited January 2013
What's a ton of money?
And what kind of boat is it?
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What kind of boat? I saw some platforms on ski it again. A guy could start off w one of those and cut/shape to fit. I didn't notice the prices tho. Just a thought.
White Lake Marine has a 206 composite platform for $750 ish right now, that is about $500 off normal price. May need brackets though.. We built one out of cypress for my '78 SN. Back then, a lot of ski boats didn't have platforms. We just pulled ourselves up over the side.
edited January 2013
And of course back then you had simple rubber binders that were easy to pull on in the water.
Post what your boat is - there are many easy ways to do this, and a few harder ones - all methods assume you are OK with drilling some holes in your boat.
Firstly - you'll need brackets if your boat doesn't have them - the best I've seen are the OJ folding ones (makes it easy to fold/remove the platform for putting the boat into the garage)
(Note picture is from skiertoskier.com - they normally can source these folding brackets for you - others on here might want some anyhow)
Then you need to figure out how and wear you can screw these into your boat with out drilling holes into anything important (like a gas tank) or tearing a hole out of your hull.
Once you do that you just need to find something to bolt to the brackets, can even be 2 layers of 3/4" marine plywood, so long as you seal the wood up (rhinoliner?)
I built one for my 66 Nautique with 2 3/4' pieces of marine plywood glued and screwed together, cut, shaped and the edges rounded. Then, I took it to a fiberglass shop and a friend wrapped it in fiberglass and gel coated it. Then I put boat carpet on it. Found some old MasterCraft platform brackets and voila. That was in 1997. No repairs since. total cost was about 275.00
Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
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