I am slowly designing a fold down swim platform for my 85 Hunter
40 that I will probably build this winter. I think I have my design put together but always looking to refine it. The picture I attached is what I have in mind with the exception that it will be external and made from wood. For the steps going up, still deciding on those. I have the room inside the hull
to cut steps into the back, but not sure I want to get that involved.
Does anyone here have a fold down swim platform willing to share pics and design features?
Platform height -- For those who have or have used a platform, folding or not, how high from water
level is it? Given that my design will be folding, it could probably be lower but either way I will build it above the squat line under power. I'm thinking around the 12" mark. Our sailing is mostly coastal cruising.
-- The Hinge will be made of 4" 1/4" Stainless angle. I am thinking of going with 316. Is there any reason I should go with 304? Price
diff is not much.
Steps-- This is where the bad drawing comes into play. The drawing is supposed to give you a visual of what I am about to describe, hopefully not more confusing. I will only finalize the step design once I have installed the platform. At the very least I could use the small bolted on steps that are on the boat now. But we would like something more comfortable to climb. So the idea is to build steps that would partially extend outside and inside relative to the hull
surface. There would be two rectangular inserts glassed in. Combined with the outer portion of the step, the insert would allow us to have the majority of our foot in contact with the step while climbing aboard.
I was thinking of glassing in additional vertical supports on either side of the stairs (refer to bad drawing). But I'm wondering if it's overkill given that the inserts will have both a vertical and horizontal component perpendicular to the once mostly flat hull.
I would appreciate your input that might improve my design or point out any potential flaws. Not going to start this for a few months so got lots of time to fine tune it.
I was inspired by what this skilled individual did on his Morgan
. My project
will not be as ambitious but what a great job he did on that boat!!
Morgan 43 Sailboat Upgrades