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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

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See attached picture ...

The davits and the swim platform are new, and the other day I finished installing enough things that I tried bringing the dinghy up on the davits for the first time. As you can see from the picture, it got hung up on the swim platform. I left it there to get the picture.

Since this is new to the boat and new to me, I'm pondering if I should make some changes. Obviously, I could stand on the platform and hold the dinghy away while I raised it. Also, I doubt it will give me any trouble when lowering, given the shape of the platform. But this does add some complication to the process of getting the dinghy raised. I'm worried that it's going to be that last little bit of trouble that makes it too difficult to bring onboard if conditions are rough ... or that I will decide to leave it in the water if I'm tired or rushed when I really should raise it on the davits.

One option would be to have the lower section of the swim platform hinged and replace the upper bars with cables so the platform can swing up and out of the way. This would make it easy to raise the dinghy, but now the platform will be a little rickety, might rattle and make noise when I'm trying to sleep, and have moving points that could pinch someone accidentally. Also, it will be work, time and money to have it modified when I'm not even sure it's necessary to do so.

I've already asked a number of people for opinions and there are lots of different ones ... of course.

So ... I'm just fishing for more opinions before I make a final decision. What say you all?
Have to agree, the platform with the granny bars has to go. Definitely alter it so that it hinges up against the transom with good wire stays, it won't be rickety if it is done properly and if you are concerned about the wire stays use dyema, strong as and noiseless.

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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

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A dinghy in the air has no flotation effect.
until it is held down in the water by the swim platform. It will act like an inflatable "swimmy" that kids learning to swim wear on their arms.
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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

I hate to say it, because I like the idea of having a swim platform and have the same boat, but you've made my mind up. Skip the swim platform if you want dinghy davits. It's also in the way of self steering gear. I probably won't have davits or the swim platform. You can't make the boat be everything to everyone. I did, however, spend a solid half hour zooming in on your setup. Interesting.

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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

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Thanks for the video on the centerboard thing last night. That and the sheave show have been helpful. I've done this all before, several times with different boats, and very little concerns me, but very helpful seeing someone else 4 steps ahead of me on a boat I am somewhat unfamiliar with. Making me look closer before launching.
Glad you're finding the videos useful. I think I've got about 30 people who actually bother to watch them, and I've been wondering lately if they're even worth doing. But as long as they're helping someone they're worthwhile.
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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

shorten the platform tubing and remove a couple of the boards so it does not extend out so far from the boat and go sailing. think swim step not sun bathing platform. that platform is going hurt if you slip and fall between the platform and the transom at least the davits are there to pull yourself up when you do fall between them

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shorten the platform tubing and remove a couple of the boards so it does not extend out so far from the boat and go sailing. think swim step not sun bathing platform.
That's an interesting angle on things. I originally wanted it to be a lot shorter, but the fabricator argued that I'd be a happier if it were longer.

Regardless of all that, this is what I currently have. And given the result of my dinghy-raising experiment ... I'm not sure that it would help much being any shorter.
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Glad you're finding the videos useful. I think I've got about 30 people who actually bother to watch them, and I've been wondering lately if they're even worth doing. But as long as they're helping someone they're worthwhile.
Probably not worth doing. I can't watch the people on Youtube with $1MM Super M's being supported in their adventures by wannabes. I like the real stuff, the people doing it in a $10K boat. But then they go all sex shots and so forth and lose me. The ones that talk too much, or immediately start with "HEY GUYS!", eh. And there's a few that really shouldn't be out there. I figure some of those won't end well. I like that you're straightforward. I just haven't had the time with the T37 to get all cuddly with it yet. I'll get in a 15 hour day on it tomorrow.
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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

Since you will need a boarding ladder to climb onto the platform, why not integrate a folding ladder that will fender the dinghy out as you begin to raise it. You might appreciate a means to keep the dinghy from getting hung up under the platform when things get a little snotty.
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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

Bill, that platform needs to fold up flat against your transom. Whether you do that by hinging the bottom and "wedging" a support to prevent it from going below horizontal when down, or you use cables or hydraulic tubes (like hatchback or hood supports) may be a harder decision, but as the madam said "Ain't no way that's gonna fit in there".

BTW, some lubberly folks like NOAA insist that boarding ladders be midships, not at the stern, because sterns bounce up and down and occasionally konk skulls. So thinking outside the box and doing something with a platform midships isn't totally crazy either. More expensive, probably. But not crazy.
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Re: What should I do about this swim platform?

ABYC Standard H-41 “Reboarding Means, Ladders Handholds, Rails and Lifelines” requires ladders to be deployable by the person in the water unassisted.

Think about it.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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