View Full Version : Swim Platform max weight?

05-02-2006, 10:58 AM
Just wondering if anyone knows the maximum safe capacity before it tears off. We were surfing Sunday, I look back and a 275 pounder was helping another 275 pounder onto the platform and a 240 pounder was stepping down to take his turn. YIKES! The 240 pounder had second thoughts and sat on the transom. But that was 550# out there! The surfing was great, though with all that cheap ballast! No pics, that camera was hiding in the glove box....

east tx skier
05-02-2006, 11:08 AM
Sounds like 550 lbs.

/got nuthin'

88 PS190
05-02-2006, 12:04 PM
I'd assume the larger wake boats have more reinforcement that the smaller ski boats.

05-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Probably better if the weight is closer to the transom than at the edge of the swim deck? At least you have a great amount of weight in the boat for surfing, should throw a nice wave. Next time just push the big guys over the side :D

05-02-2006, 12:40 PM
IIRC this was over 500# on an 02 X-Star


05-02-2006, 03:27 PM

05-02-2006, 03:39 PM
Diesel; What the heck? THis picture looks all wrong? 500lbs can't sink a MC that deep! Is the inside flooded?

IIRC this was over 500# on an 02 X-Star


05-02-2006, 03:42 PM
I think your failures occur in stages, we have 500-600lbs on with whole family swimming on regular basis. Think the first problem will be boards coming loose, I have had a board come loose. I don't know when the brackets break loose.

05-02-2006, 03:52 PM

I guess you don't stop to quickley, holy cow

05-02-2006, 04:11 PM
I hope there is water in the ballasts, not just those bodies...

05-02-2006, 04:41 PM
That is with factory ballast and 4 guys on the platform, IIRC. His deck sits 2-3 inches under the water with no ballast and no one in the boat.
In the last thread about this boat we came to the conclusion MC corrected the problem on later models by using a "lift" platform bracket. :rolleyes:

At rest no ballast.....


05-02-2006, 10:17 PM
I think it was the extra 12 oz. that caused it to go under. Nice to see I am not the only one carrying wide bodies around and yes, we had an awesome wake! :banana:

05-02-2006, 10:19 PM
Leroy: I'm surprised nobody commented on the clarity of your water?! WOW! :cool: :rolleyes:

05-03-2006, 08:54 AM
I had a guy crack the edge of my platform by himself. He was stepping off the boat when it was on the trailer, probably weighted 225-250. I ended up attached a metal plate around the outside corner (1 x 4) and about 3 or 4 more underneath to strengthen it. I always get nervous when I see more than one person out there now. Try to minimize it.