I recently completed a upgrade to my son's Ultra deck boat. The original swim steps did not work for the family or wakeboarding. I know this is not a wake board boat but he cannot go only 45mph so this is a compromise. Here a some pics of the build.
The billet stuff looks cool, but it could take a toe off. That plastic type stuff looks like it has some what of a non skid surface. What if you took a 1/4" router bit and put some slots in it to help with water shed??
The last picture shows that I have installed gray Hydro turf to the surface and the back of the boat for protection. The layout of the pics did not work very well on the forum.
Cobra 1 my friend had a Silhouette for a couple of years "fun boat" he sold it to his brother in law and he just sold it to a guy in Reno.
Last edited by wuped; 05-05-2009 at 11:18 PM.
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Cool ! Extra room for the wake board. We have the same problem with trying to
get in to the wake board boots. Billet swim step dose not well.
Dose that center area on the platform move up with the drive?
I used 3/4" Seaboard polyethelene I bought from Interstate plastics, much cheaper than Tap plastics. I covered the top with Hydro-turf with 3M PSA attached from Hydro-turf directley. Cut with Skillsaw and jigsaw. routed all the edges with carbide 1/2" round over bit with roller.
The whole thing is Seaboard brackets and platform then installed the Hydroturf on top for non skid. I have found another product on line called Sea-dec for the top and I have ordered some for my platform I'll see which one I like better.
Wow that really does look nice! I am fairly new (1st new boat this year) and just curious why the previous two platforms did not work so well? Is that just a wakeboarding issue, as far as getting in and out of the water with the board on?
Sorry for my ignorance But I'd rather look like an idiot rather than assume something.
I just got an 82 eliminator with no platform at all, and have two children 12 and 8 who will be climbing in and out all summer for tubing, skiing, and who know mabye even wake boarding...
I'm looking to build or buy something that will help them getting in more than the cheezy ladder thing that came with the boat.
Steve, the orignal steps are fine, but for wakeboarding it is easier to put the board on before you get in the water. Wakeboard and ski boats have a big platform for just this puporse. The problem with most boats with outdrives is that the platform has to be high enough to clear the outdrive in the raised position so they end up way out of the water or little ones on either side of the outdrive, I built this one with the center section to raise with the outdrive so it can be close tothe water.
We just used the new platform this weekend and the kids loved it and so did my son and daughter in-law.
There are a total of 8 pictures of the build I just didn't get them on the post the way I wanted, If you look at the next to last picture you can see the SS continous hinges at the back of the movable piece in the center, this piece is not attached at all to the outdrive it just pivots up when the outdrive pushes up on it. I will get a picture of it in the up position in a couple of days.
What did the board cost? I need to do a step on the back of my Warlock and I really need it to be easy to get into the boat and I'm thinking a custom job like this will be the only way.
What did you cut and finish the edges with?