Tartan 27' owner
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Re: Swim Platform for MacGregor 26'
1st = Welcome to sailnut RZR.
It appears that you have a MacGregor 26' "S" or "D" model sailboat which means that your boat is a better sailor then the 'X' or 'M' models. I have sailed on a friend's 26 "S" so I am familiar with the boat.
If your existing transom ladder is useless then you should remove it and replace it with something beefier and more usable. Your cockpit should be your 'swim platform' when you are not in the water cooling off. If you had a decent swim ladder then you would not need a swim platform hanging off the back of your boat.
A swim platform as seen on many motorboats is a non starter with the M 26. Besides the fact that both the engine and the transom mounted rudder are in the way this is not a common modification to your boat and few other people would consider it desirable if/when you go to sell this boat. At best you would only have a small area on the starboard side of the rudder where a small platform would not interfere with your engine or rudder. I also doubt that an extra appendage like this would make trailering the boat any easier.
The no brainer fix for me is to change the swim ladder to something you and your father can use. Your boat is your platform.
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