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Old 09-17-2007, 09:43 AM
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**oj/mc Folding Swim Platform Bracket Install**

Finally finished the install this weekend and let me tell you this is the single best improvement I have made to the boat and probably the cheapest!

Most have seen the pictures of the new brackets on the 08 models and there are few threads floating around if you want to do a search. Basically the brackets allow you to fold the platform instead of removing the platform for storage. The platform stays attached to the back of the boat and just hangs vertically from the transom.

Since I keep my boat in the garage and it fits much better without the platform off and since I go to the lake just about every weekend these brackets made perfect sense.

If you don't already know you can purchase the brackets from Mike at www.mymastercraft.com. I ordered mine on Monday and they were on my doorstep the same week. Mike is an avid supporter of this board and consistently provides us all with excellent service, tech support, and great prices! Thanks Mike!

Anyway on to the install. This particular install was on my 05 PS209. I assume it will be the same for all later models of PS/X series boats. I am sure other members will chime in regarding retrofitting other models.

Here is what the brackets looked like out of the box.
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Ok first things first - Removing the factory brackets. My boat and just about every other pre08 boat came with slide in brackets which look something like these.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:01 AM
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On my boat they attached to the transom through six bolts. Two 1/4 bolts and one 3/8 ubolt which go up through the bottom of the transom and two 1/4 bolts which go through the horizontal part of the transom. The top two are through bolted with nuts and washers on the back side. The bottom two are threaded into the 1/4 plate in the transom.

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You have to take out the trunk liner and rear panel in the rear storage to reach the nuts on the top side of the upper bolts/ubolts. Take out all the factory bolts and remove the factory brackets. Mine were stuck to the transom pretty good with silicone so I had to slide in one of the swim platform mounts I had removed earlier from the teak deck and lean into it pretty good.

Once the factory brackets are removed here is what you are left with.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:06 AM
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After taking a few measurements I realized the new brackets would have to be pushed all the way up into the pockets for the platform to be close to the original height. I say close because even with the new brackets up as far as they can go my platform is going to sit about 1/2" closer to the water. Since my platform was already a couple inches above the water it's really not big deal.

Here is a pic of a test fit.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:15 AM
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None of the holes in the new bracket will line up with the existing holes in the transom. I thought about building an adapter bracket but realized it was not necessary and with Mike's guidance drilled 4 new holes.

The top two are through drilled 5/16 and are through bolted with nuts and washers on the back side. The lower tow mounting holes extend down past the inner liner of the boat and are located in the foam filled void between the hull and liner. Since there was no access to the back side of the lower two mount bolts they were drilled out to 17/64 and tapped for a 5/16 bolt.

FYI - There is an L shaped 1/4 piece of plate which is laminated in the hull to provide support for the brackets. It is this 1/4 plate which was drilled and tapped for the lower holes. All four new holes are securely fastened to or through this 1/4 piece of plate.

Here is a pic of the 4 new holes as well as the preexisting holes from the factory brackets.
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Carefully tapping the lower two holes to 5/16.
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