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Well the day finally has come. I fought it and fought it and fought it and after numerous requests from my wife I am putting a swim step on my 22 Schiada V-drive. The boat has never had a swim step and I bought a used one from Gary (the guy who owns the red #17 21 Schiada and the restored '22) and I still have to go pick it up but I am wondering how I am going to mount it. There does not seem to be much room between my exhaust and my pillow blocks for the cav plate so i am wondering if anyone else has mounted a 1-piece full length step on their V-drive cruiser and how did it mount? There is a alot of hardware on the transom so i just want to get a clear picture of how it should mount. I am not too excited about putting on a swim step but its a good move for the family.
 

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Well the day finally has come. I fought it and fought it and fought it and after numerous requests from my wife I am putting a swim step on my 22 Schiada V-drive. The boat has never had a swim step and I bought a used one from Gary (the guy who owns the red #17 21 Schiada and the restored '22) and I still have to go pick it up but I am wondering how I am going to mount it. There does not seem to be much room between my exhaust and my pillow blocks for the cav plate so i am wondering if anyone else has mounted a 1-piece full length step on their V-drive cruiser and how did it mount? There is a alot of hardware on the transom so i just want to get a clear picture of how it should mount. I am not too excited about putting on a swim step but its a good move for the family.

That swim step is still in my backyard so don't go countin' your chickens quite yet! LOL!

I tried the swim step on my 24' Howard and was way too short. Gonna get it back to Gary this weekend.

Carl
 

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Left you a message this afternoon. Going to LB races in the am (with Gary) then sending the swim step home with him in the afternoon.
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Fab up some brackets with turnbuckles at the rear and "dutchmen" at the front. Mount the turnbuckles to four of the original plate pads. (use longer pins or bolts) Then mount the "dutchmen" to the front of the step and clamp them around the cross shaft near four of the pillow blocks. NO extra holes in the boat! YES it will move with the plates, but who cares. Simple and clean. AND REMOVEABLE!
 

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Went and picked up the step from Gary today. Hung out and BS'd for an hour with my Dad and Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe has a place at the river near Gary so he came and made the introduction. I'll start working on mounting and brackets in the next few weeks. Gary's two Schiada's are awesome!!!

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Fab up some brackets with turnbuckles at the rear and "dutchmen" at the front. Mount the turnbuckles to four of the original plate pads. (use longer pins or bolts) Then mount the "dutchmen" to the front of the step and clamp them around the cross shaft near four of the pillow blocks. NO extra holes in the boat! YES it will move with the plates, but who cares. Simple and clean. AND REMOVEABLE!
great idea!!! i have 2 small standard ones on my hallett but they are so high out of the water to clear all that. i want a one piece teak step if anyone knows one avail! 700 bux at L&L i think.
 

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Any pictures of the set up

Need to see this "dutchman" set up. I'm putting a swim step on my Campbell and like the idea of a clean set up.

I was originally thinking about making fabricating new pillow blocks that were a combined swimstep and cavitation bar mount. The Dutchman idea seems quicker and cheaper.....
 

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I will look for pictures, I think I took some a couple of years ago when the boat was for sale @CFW. George might have some. It is a very cool and clean way to do it.
 

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Steve, I don't have any pix. "I build them and the guy is waiting right there to take it to the water". I have pix of about 1% of what I've built. (ain't no Ansel Adams!) Anyway, a Dutchman would be a piece "like an engine connecting rod", or two pieces cut parallel, with a hole centered at one end. Fabricating them up would depend on how 'high/low' you want the swim step VS how high the cross shaft is on the transom. I hope you have pix! Simple and clean is the only way to go! I get $200 LABOR (only) to make up a 'one piece aluminum swim step", so you or I can provide the materials. $100 LABOR (only) for 4 brackets. "Am I too cheap or what?"
 

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Reviving a old thread

I know it's been awhile since this has been posted but I'm curious to see if anyone has any updated information or pictures regarding a swim step on your v-drive. How does everyone get into there v drive in deep water lets say your floating down river or standing in deep water? We've always had a boat with swim step but were looking into getting a schiada now and this was a concern brought to my attention. One of thoes little things that makes you go, o ya how do you get in?
 

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You can machine or have machined two pillow blocks that have a bracket incorporated into it that you could attach the swimstep to.
 

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great idea!!! i have 2 small standard ones on my hallett but they are so high out of the water to clear all that. i want a one piece teak step if anyone knows one avail! 700 bux at L&L i think.

i just sold a really nice 1-pc teak swim step from the back of a 21 caliber 1 for a 100 bucks.......was i to cheap :duh:
 
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