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Old 07-11-2015, 09:19 PM   #1
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Your swim platform's utility

Inspired by an Italian boat's large swim platfom ...

The Coot has a near-water-level swim platform which will drag under water when underway. Nevertheless, it is always raised in those circumstances. Being near waterline, however, makes a good ramp for placing a soft-bottomed dinghy's bow for easy transfer between dinghy and boat according to FlyWright and us.


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Old 07-11-2015, 09:53 PM   #2
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I believe that is the first photo ever shared with the Coot's swim step in the full down functional position. Did Mark remember to pack swim attire?
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:56 PM   #3
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Not many other options but to nose in when the middle third of the swimstep is missing due to the ladder's placement and the step sits too low to stay dry if it's sat upon.

I prefer a full width swimstep with 24 inches or more of depth. I find mine too shallow and too flexible. It flexes when stepped on.

Also wish I had a transom door to ease the climb from the swimstep to the cockpit.

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Inspired by an Italian boat's large swim platfom ...

The Coot has a near-water-level swim platform which will drag under water when underway. Nevertheless, it is always raised in those circumstances. Being near waterline, however, makes a good ramp for placing a soft-bottomed dinghy's bow for easy transfer between dinghy and boat according to FlyWright and us.


But Mark, you don't have a soft bottom dinghy. The only soft bottom on you boat is . . . . .Well, never mind.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:07 PM   #5
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But Mark, you don't have a soft bottom dinghy. The only soft bottom on you boat is . . . . .Well, never mind.
Prefer to board our hard-bodied Trinka from the port side as the hand rails are closer and the dinghy won't hit against the steel rails of the platform.

Perla dangled her legs in the water while sitting on the platform, but the 76-degree water was too cool for her to further enter the water.

July sixth's deployment of the platform was the first in four years. I prefer to be on the water, not in it.

The platform was an elective, extra-cost item. I didn't order it, but since the builder installed it, it was free.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:10 PM   #6
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I find mine [swim platform] too shallow ...
Also wish I had a transom door to ease the climb from the swimstep to the cockpit.
I totally agree!
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:13 PM   #7
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The swim step on our Bayliner is around 24" deep, possibly a bit more, and about 8" off the water

We keep the fish cooler on it. Very robust.
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We have the transom door but no swim platform .
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The swim platform on Moonstruck is wide enough. When the dinghy is down with the snap davits hooked, it makes for stable boarding of the dinghy. The dog can just step aboard. At floating docks the transom door is clear for easy boarding.

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Really?........you are going to whine about no transom door while some of us are suffering severely from complete swim platform envy?
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Of course, if my swim platform was deeper, I might not need to restrain my crew with a net.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:35 PM   #12
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I believe our platform is about 28" wide. Didn't have a platform on Volunteer and I have never missed climbing over the side of the boat. We are cruising up in the San Juan's and Gulf Islands for the next week and there is nothing better than boarding from the stern..especially thru a transom door.
I will never have a boat again without a platform.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:42 PM   #13
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Really?........you are going to whine about no transom door while some of us are suffering severely from complete swim platform envy?
Well then, maybe we can arrange an even swap to appease your desires for a swimstep (sans transom door). Yours is one of the boats I admire the most on this forum.

I hope dwhatty posts some pics of the beautiful swimstep he built on his IG32. It's a beautiful example of a simple, strong, functional and good looking swimstep. All it lacks is the hydraulic lift, but maybe he's working on that upgrade for his upcoming winter hibernation. Since's it's already mid-July, he's probably out stacking firewood right now.
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Well then, maybe we can arrange an even swap to appease your desires for a swimstep (sans transom door). Yours is one of the boats I admire the most on this forum.

I hope dwhatty posts some pics of the beautiful swimstep he built on his IG32. It's a beautiful example of a simple, strong, functional and good looking swimstep. All it lacks is the hydraulic lift, but maybe he's working on that upgrade for his upcoming winter hibernation. Since's it's already mid-July, he's probably out stacking firewood right now.

Thanks Flywright,
We do love our boat and will be keeping her but access to the water is one of her compromises. I am guessing the number years that the admiral and I will be baling off the boarding ladder into the kayak are finite but Klee Wycks other attributes are plenty consolation.
Hey.......maybe that strengthens my case for the second boat? I better go try to make my case again!
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Our swim platform is perfect for boarding and docking with the dink. Must have on any boat IMO.
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Normal raised position of our swim platform you've probably seen before.





Prior to FlyWright's using the Coot's swim platform as a landing last weekend, saw little utility for it.
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For those of you without a plat form, especially that canoe stern Lowland and the folding jobbie, how does someone in the water get in the boat on their own?
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For those of you without a plat form, especially that canoe stern Lowland and the folding jobbie, how does someone in the water get in the boat on their own?
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Assuming water entry was intentional a ladder over the side works well.
Our swim grid is used for fuel jugs and dinghy mounting making use awkward.
When my wife swims off the boat our ladder hooks onto the gunwale and works well.
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Some of the best attributes of my boat are the swim platform and the transom & side cockpit door. They make boarding and disembarking about as easy as I have ever seen. I know you have seen these photos before but here they are again. (Geez, I feel like Mark!) The rocket launchers are mounted on a rail on the outside of the transom (no photos of those) and the barbeque is on the top of the transom. Nothing interferes with traffic on the swim platform.
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For those of you without a plat form, especially that canoe stern Lowland and the folding jobbie, how does someone in the water get in the boat on their own?
We use a swim ladder. Here is Sherpa's ladder attached. One must be reasonably fit to use this ladder because of the angle. We stow the ladder in the engine room when not in use.
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