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Old 09-10-2021, 07:23 PM
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What have others with a 20 done as to the height to install a swim platform?

Looking for a measurement from the rub rail to the top of the platform if anyone can help.

Toke a look at a picture of the boat in the water and it seems like the trim raps are in the way

Suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:40 AM
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Went and bought a Armstrong ladder returned the swim platform
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If you're diving that's the best bet.
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Old 09-12-2021, 03:20 PM
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Hey Jorge
I have both a swim platform and a telescoping ladder that is attached underneath the platform so one doesnít sit on the ladder The platform is great for a pee break for the ladies, putting on fins or skis, a jump off spot for the kiddies or just relaxing. I modified mine thru the years to add the ladder after my guests got older and heavier and later to enable trim tabs. I took photos,but didnít get them posted before your decision.
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Old 09-12-2021, 04:54 PM
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I tried to install the ladder today but ran into a snag. It's a Sea Choice 3 step ladder

Although it came with the mounting hardware.

When I went to mock it up the ladder would not 1 clear the tabs as did not have enough of a angle and would go straight down. Seems like the angle of the transom and the mounting hardware did not let it work right.

Maybe a aluminum spacer behind the mount would be the trick. Looks like I need at least 3 inches for it to work.

Has anyone run into this problem?
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Hey Jorge
I have both a swim platform and a telescoping ladder that is attached underneath the platform so one doesnít sit on the ladder The platform is great for a pee break for the ladies, putting on fins or skis, a jump off spot for the kiddies or just relaxing. I modified mine thru the years to add the ladder after my guests got older and heavier and later to enable trim tabs. I took photos,but didnít get them posted before your decision.


I originally bought a swim platform with the 3 steps ladder tucked underneath but the trim tabs were the issue. I would love the platform
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I originally bought a swim platform with the 3 steps ladder tucked underneath but the trim tabs were the issue. I would love the platform
Hi Jorge- Here are some pics of my platform with a ladder. I am a retired mechanical engineer who has repaired or modified many things through my life including home items, my Corvettes and Seafari, often when adding something that was not previously anticipated. Bushwacker and I built nearly identical platforms circa 1977. We had the stainless tubing bent and then cut the teak on my Shopsmith. The original platform served me well until about 15 years ago when I added the ladder underneath. To release the platform, the black knob is pulled to the left and the bungee (on aft starboard corner which prevents the ladder from extending when underway) is released. Then more recently I modified the forward two teak slats to provide clearance for the trim tab actuators.

You will either have to build it yourself or modify a purchased platform. In any case best wishes.

If you need any more info please PM your phone number.
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Terry thanks for the pictures. Looking at them gave me the idea of having one made out of aluminum. Going to visit a couple of fabricators this week and see what they say. I saw one similar here for sale but this one would need to work around the tabs
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Martin Marine Designs in South Carolina builds a very nice one in SS tubing for the little Whalers. I'm sure he could build anything custom you wanted. http://www.martinmarinedesign.com/
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Got a quote from a local shop $700
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