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Boat Refit Tips: Transom Platform

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Transom Platform: Like adding enclosures, a transom platform increases the living area of your boat. Providing easy access to and from docks as well as tenders, it can be your “beach” for swimming or it can solve the problem of tender stowage. Most yachts have good access to the inside of the transom so a platform is often a straightforward bolt-on project. You can get fancier (and more complex/expensive) by choosing an electro/hydraulic platform that lowers the tender into the water and retrieves it with the touch of a button.


A related upgrade might be the addition of a crane or davit to handle the tender. These require considerable bracing under the deck, so the costs are higher.

Capt. Bill’s Tip: Ever think of having a precisely perforated swim platform (with numerous, small, well-regimented drain holes) fabricated of -inch marine ply? Seal it with Awlgrip? Billy Smith of Trinity Yachts did. On his early-80s-vintage 34 Mainship II. Six years and it still looks like new. Estimated cost: $2,500.