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Old 10-17-2016, 12:43 AM   #21
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Kevin, is this the large swimstep or the small step pads mounted on the transom?
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:03 PM   #22
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it has now a very small step but I was hoping for a larger one. Kevin
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:05 PM   #23
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its the actual step you step up from the transom to to the deck
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:14 PM   #24
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IG carefully "followed" some GB design features. My boat has 2 steps mounted to the transom, supported underneath by and screwed to a pair of teak brackets. If yours is similar, you could replace the actual step with a larger one made from a pre milled teak board on the existing brackets(try Caporn at Brookvale for the teak, a small increase in your home loan should cover it). You are only size limited on the transom side, but as it will overhang the support brackets don`t go too large.
I recently put self adhesive patterned step tread (available at Whitworths) on top of my teak transom steps. Looks better than grey teak. Varnish could make it slippery, GB might have thought of that with metal treads
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:21 PM   #25
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Thanks Bruce. This sounds like the best solution so far. The boat is having the timber work done at the moment so as soon as I get it back I will look at that. Thanks Kevin
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:25 PM   #26
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Don't understand why some builders use small transom steps. That's one place I'd want substantial, wide/deep steps, being in an exposed, potentially overboard position.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:16 PM   #27
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GB 42 owner here and I too was dissatisfied with the original size and design of the OEM steps. I fabricated new supports from aluminum and had them powder-coated. I made teak treads and some extra sets that can be swapped out when refinishing is necessary. I've had them on our boat for a few years now and they're rock solid.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:21 PM   #28
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If you are going to varnish the steps to mat ch the transom (as I have done), put some sand into the varnish on the step treads. You get the nice varnish look, but the sand makes it 'grippy' underfoot.

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Old 10-17-2016, 11:32 PM   #29
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GB 42 owner here and I too was dissatisfied with the original size and design of the OEM steps. I fabricated new supports from aluminum and had them powder-coated. I made teak treads and some extra sets that can be swapped out when refinishing is necessary. I've had them on our boat for a few years now and they're rock solid.
That's beautiful work, Boydster!
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Thank you for the photo of your beautiful step. It's exactly what I need. do you have drawings of the step as I will have one made. Or else let me know where your boat is moored and I will come with a screw driver next time I'm in Canada. Great work. Kevin
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If you are going to varnish the steps to mat ch the transom (as I have done), put some sand into the varnish on the step treads. You get the nice varnish look, but the sand makes it 'grippy' underfoot.

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Yes its a good idea. but it is beautiful work Kevin
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GB 42 owner here and I too was dissatisfied with the original size and design of the OEM steps. I fabricated new supports from aluminum and had them powder-coated. I made teak treads and some extra sets that can be swapped out when refinishing is necessary. I've had them on our boat for a few years now and they're rock solid.

You have done a delicate and great job, achieving in an elaborate and elegant creation.
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