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Old 07-19-2006, 12:44 PM
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Switching the teak to fiberglass plat form.

Hello every one,

I am switching out my teak plat form with a fiberglass plat form on my 2005 197 prostar. Any idea I should follow to make the process a lot easier ? How far does the plat form has to be from the boat so that it won't scratch the jel coat ? Does anyone has any close up pictures of their platform on a boat so I can take a look at ?

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Old 07-19-2006, 12:52 PM
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Can I Ask Why You Are Doing That? The Teak Looks The Best.
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:01 PM
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The platform should be about a fingers width off the back of the boat.
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:10 PM
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I'll store your teak for you.
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:13 PM
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One other bit of advice:
Replace the non-slip black rubber on the fiberglass platform with what AirJunky sells.

http://airjunky.com/traxxed/
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:16 PM
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Hello every one,

I am switching out my teak plat form with a fiberglass plat form on my 2005 197 prostar. Any idea I should follow to make the process a lot easier ? How far does the plat form has to be from the boat so that it won't scratch the jel coat ? Does anyone has any close up pictures of their platform on a boat so I can take a look at ?
I was under the impression that the teak platform used the same mounting brackets as the fiberglass one, and that switching them meant just slipping the new one into the old brackets. Not true?

I agree with you in that I vastly prefer the appearance of the fiberglass platform to the teak. One drawback to the fiberglass is that the gelcoat does chip fairly easily, especially along the lower edge, from fins on skis as well as hydrofoils. I have a buddy who solved that by slitting some black rubber fuel line tubing and silicone-gluing it along that lower edge. I kind of like the looks of that, and it's definitely functional.

Gator Grip or some other softer material would be nice, but I'd rather find some nice sheets of nylon-lined neoprene 1/4 inch thick or so. Note that 2005 and earlier fiberglass platforms had a rubber mat that tended to rub off black stuff which was then tracked all over the white vinyl of the rear pad and seats. MasterCraft replaced that stuff with a more stable material in 2006. They just sent me some new 2006 rubber material - all I have to do is peel off the old stuff and glue on the new stuff
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:23 PM
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If I were you, I would go ahead and get rid of that junky looking wooden thing. I'll give you $50 for it rather than you just throw it in the trash!
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:39 PM
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Yellow,
The reason is, it match the color of the boat.

Erk,
Thanks again for the info.

East,
It is too far a drive to bring it to your place.

Bcamp,
Why do you think I need to replace the MC rubber with other material ? Are you talking about the black stain on people feet ? I thought MC has solve that problem and put new material on the plat form.

TMC,
You big spender you,

Bigmac,
I have to drill a few holes to the new plat form. I do like the looks of the fiberglass plat form also.
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:46 PM
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Yellow,
The reason is, it match the color of the boat.

Erk,
Thanks again for the info.

East,
It is too far a drive to bring it to your place.

Bcamp,
Why do you think I need to replace the MC rubber with other material ? Are you talking about the black stain on people feet ? I thought MC has solve that problem and put new material on the plat form.

TMC,
You big spender you,

Bigmac,
I have to drill a few holes to the new plat form. I do like the looks of the fiberglass plat form also.
I wasn't aware that they had fixed that, but yeah my suggestion was due to black rubbing off of the rubber and getting onto the interior.

When did they start using a different material? I know that on a 2003 model this still occurs.
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