Swim platform ideas for older Sea Ray

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Danny Troy, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. shore

    shore New Member

    440
    Jul 18, 2009
    port orange florida
    1996 290 Sundancer
    Twins and a Gen

    You're not offending me at all.We learn from lessons.I got all wide-eyed when I read this the other day and took off to the storage lot to see how things survived.We had a week of 20's and constant 100 when it was put together...lol, Not to mention I assembled my deck in an A/C'd garage(that was nice) but mounted it to the boat in upper 90's.

    I can certianly run the screws out of the deck at those side mounts and just over drill the mounts a bit more.I actually wanted to use bolts/washers on those originally.They are up against the rubrail and you would hardly notice them flush on the topside.
     
  2. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
    I bet you can remove those side mounts entirely, and still have plenty of strength. I was going to go that route, but on my smaller boat I wasn't able to make it any wider. Plus, I wanted a more narrow platform to give me less chance of damaging it when I backed into the slip.

    BTW, as the 5200 cures up I'm taking a little more liberties with the platform. My wife jumped on it the other day, while coming off the existing platform :smt013
    and it still is solid as a rock. Amazing how those SS tubes give it great rigidity.
    Update today.... the wife said to mention that she isn't a heavyweight, which is what I made it sound like!
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
  3. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
    I just ordered a sheet of 4' x 8' x 3/4" KingStarBoard AS (anti-skid) today. Cost $394 if I pick it up, Which I'm going to do.

    I'm planning on building a bigger swimplatform for my 230 Cubdy Cabin.

    I'll post pictures once I get started. I'm going to build this platform on top of the original platform and add about another 18" to it.

    Wish me luck!

    Jim
     
  4. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
    Sounds like a good idea. The 3/4" should work fine, since you're supporting it with your existing platform. As long as you go 9" on each side off the existing platform you will be OK. 18" unsupported would probably give you too much flex. So far mine has been great. Two weeks in the water and no leaks or cracks yet :smt038

    BTW, if you have never worked with Starboard before, be sure to save all the scraps. You will be surprised all the uses you will have for it on the boat. I just used a piece as a backing for my flat panel TV at the bow, and with another piece I fabricated a spacer for a cabin radio speaker. It was too deep and was hitting the fiberglass shower behind it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2010
  5. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
    Oh I've worked with Starboard before. I'm a former Sea Ray employee. Worked at the Product Development & Engineering Plant in Merritt Island for 11 years. Then spent another 6 a Sea Ray Dealer here in Atlanta. I love working with Starboard!!
     
  6. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
    Yes, I can tell you have a long history with Sea Ray by looking at your signature. The 220 is my first Sea Ray, but the more I look at it, the more I appreciate the fine workmanship.
     
  7. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
    Where did you buy your 7/8” stainless steel tubing from? I only need about 8ft
     
  8. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
  9. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
    Thanks I just ordered some.

    BTW - Even thou mine will be on top of my factory platfrom, I' still going to put two supports poles on it.
     
  10. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
    I'm sure it's a good idea..... and the added cost really won't add all that much to the job. Are you going to go the mashed ends route as I did, or go with Shore's mounts? Hopefully you have a huge vise, access to a machine shop, or a heavy sledge hammer, if you have to flatten the ends. Oh, I forgot you are using 7/8". Won't be as hard as it was for me.
     
  11. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
    I'll get the ends pressed at a machine shop.
     
  12. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
  13. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
    Just thought I'd post an update, now that I've had the boat in the water for almost three months (how time flies!)

    Everything has been working out great, and the platform really makes the existing platform more usable. Retrieving my r/c planes after a flight is super easy, and even easier than on my prior pontoon boat.

    The 3/4" SB is plenty strong, and does not flex, although my square tube bracing probably added a lot of strength to the platform. Without the tubes might be another story.

    I haven't added vents yet, but since I'm on a lake, and do very little cruising (gas is almost 4.00/gal on the lake) it's on a back burner. I am careful when slowing down, cause the following wake catches up and puts a lot of water on the platform.

    If you go to this thread and scroll down halfway you can see an "action" shot, with two babes on the platform.... http://clubsearay.com/forum/showthread.php?t=452&page=50
     
  14. shore

    shore New Member

    440
    Jul 18, 2009
    port orange florida
    1996 290 Sundancer
    Twins and a Gen
    Oh man that's funny, My deck is about 5" off the water with no one on it....It gets buried when coming off plane and has been fine.

    I too, have yet to make vents.
     
  15. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
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    Here's some updated photos of my platform as of 6/24/2010. (Wife and some friends of ours in the picture)
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  16. shore

    shore New Member

    440
    Jul 18, 2009
    port orange florida
    1996 290 Sundancer
    Twins and a Gen
    Why hello there little redhead.

    I have one myself, I know your pain.
     
  17. Jimmyz

    Jimmyz New Member

    54
    Jun 21, 2009
    Suwanee,Ga.30024
    1991 230 Cuddy Cabin
    7.4L Bravo 1
    Amen!
     
  18. shore

    shore New Member

    440
    Jul 18, 2009
    port orange florida
    1996 290 Sundancer
    Twins and a Gen
    Mine in the hat with the bubba keg...looks blonde but trust me it's a redhead.
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  19. Danny Troy

    Danny Troy Member

    821
    Oct 8, 2009
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496MAG w/genset
    I finally took care of the venting issue. I wound up drilling 630 (to be exact) 3/8" holes. I found a web site that makes grid patterns to whatever type or size grid you need. Made it a lot easier. I first used a center punch to indent, then drilled. Have a nice blister to show for it, and a nicely vented platform. I like how the water squirts up when we get hit by some waves. Seems to be doing it's job :thumbsup:

    BTW, I had to delete some photos from the thread to make room for new photos. Check this page for the deleted photos: http://dannyrussomusic.com/boat-mod-page.htm
     
  20. Four Suns

    Four Suns Not a pot stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    QSM-11 Diesels
    OK... I have to ask... what purpose do all those holes serve and what is "venting" and "the venting issue"?
     

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