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#568452 - 07/10/17 04:55 PM adding an extended swim platform...
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What's the consensus on extended swim platforms? I think I'd like to add one to my boat, but I am trying to think of all angles before I pull the trigger. The cost is reasonable and the one I can get looks great. I think the added square footage would be super handy, especially for grilling food and entertaining a bunch of people at anchor. Is there a big downside to them? I cannot think of one...
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#568453 - 07/10/17 05:15 PM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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I like ours ESP, it allows the children to jump off the back and not have to worry about the outdrive as much. It also gives more room for hanging out.

On our first boat the biggest upgrade we did was to add a bimini top, an ESP would be the next biggest upgrade.

Will you be making it out of granite?
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#568457 - 07/10/17 06:17 PM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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#568458 - 07/10/17 06:27 PM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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It would be hard to imagine owning a boat without one. We probably spend more time on ours than anywhere on the boat.
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#568467 - 07/10/17 09:22 PM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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If I were adding a pre-made SWP I'd almost certainly get it from Swimplatforms.com. I talked with the company reps at a sporting goods show in Phoenix a couple of years ago then toured their plant in south Phoenix.

Nice work, good looking, reasonable pricing. What more could you ask for.

The usual disclaimers apply--I have no connection with the company.

By way of full and complete disclosure, I just had a new SWP made for Beachcomber. I opted to use a local guy because he built it right on the boat without having to haul the boat out of the water. Not having to haul the boat out saved me about $2,500.

When I get a chance I'll take some photos of it.
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#568471 - 07/11/17 02:31 AM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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Just harder to get at the outdrive is all.
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#568473 - 07/11/17 09:35 AM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: On Holiday]
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Originally Posted By: On Holiday
I like ours ESP, it allows the children to jump off the back and not have to worry about the outdrive as much. It also gives more room for hanging out.

On our first boat the biggest upgrade we did was to add a bimini top, an ESP would be the next biggest upgrade.

Will you be making it out of granite?


I will not be making it at all. Swimplatforms.com makes one for my boat and it's a pretty good deal.

Funny you mention the granite though, I am seriously considering making a 20mm thick granite top for the cockpit galley on my boat. It has a useless sink and 3 useless plastic cup holders right now. Was thinking of ditching the sink and factory cup holders and adding 4 useful stainless steel cup holders with drain plumbing to mirror the 4 stainless steel cup holders in the mahogany table I added on the other side of the cockpit last year. It will only add about 45 lbs to the boat since it's pretty small. I think the right color granite will look awesome paired the tan and off-white upholstery; and the mahogany wood and fake mahogany trim in my boat.
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#568474 - 07/11/17 09:40 AM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: GoFirstClass]
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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass
If I were adding a pre-made SWP I'd almost certainly get it from Swimplatforms.com. I talked with the company reps at a sporting goods show in Phoenix a couple of years ago then toured their plant in south Phoenix.



You nailed it, they have been really nice to deal with and I plan to order from them.

I have seen pics of your swim platform. It's bigger than the cockpit of my boat... We plan to buy a live aboard boat, with living space in the size range of yours, in the next few years, but we have no plans to get rid of our current boat. We love it too much, thus I have no qualms about spending money to upgrade it.
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#568475 - 07/11/17 12:29 PM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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I pulled the trigger. Should be delivered on August 16. Thanks for the input!
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#568478 - 07/11/17 02:18 PM Re: adding an extended swim platform... [Re: Dave R]
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They make a very nice product. Friend bought one from them & it was nicely done. Have never heard anything bad about them. You won't regret your purchase
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