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Old 03-19-2013, 07:53 PM
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Cool idea, but I am not in love with Shadow's fabrication and execution. They are less then 3 miles from where I sit at this very moment.

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:56 PM
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If you're primarily worried about getting the ski cross country and don't have a pickup bed to put it in, just load it into the X45. Set it down on the floor on some styrofoam or something to stabilize it.
Couple buddies/neighbors and a free 6pack will get it picked up onto the swim deck, over the sunpad and down onto the floor.
You could probably put it on the back seat if space is an issue. Lighter than most ballast bags.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:16 PM
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I have older skis that weigh less than 300lbs.

Think of how often you have more than 300 lbs in people weight on the platform...
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:35 PM
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I have older skis that weigh less than 300lbs.

Think of how often you have more than 300 lbs in people weight on the platform...
When you have people on your platform, the boat is in the water and the water helps to displace that weight. If it were on the trailer, it would not have anywhere to go, putting more stress on the brackets for the swim platform. I think the brackets should be strong enough though. The failure would probably come from the screws ripping out of the wood or the fiberglass. The transom is not really made for the constant stress of having 300lbs bounce on the bumps of a road.

If it were me, I would not try it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:54 AM
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I saw this picture the other day and was surprised the platform could support it.... Not sure about driving down the road

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:41 AM
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I'm no engineer but used to do stage lighting/sound and have some practical experience with static vs. dynamic load. In some venues we could hang all the appliances on the truss at ground level and then winch it all up at once--in this case we were dealing with dynamic load. At other venues, we first had to winch up the unloaded truss, and then hang the appliances using a manlift, which is static load. The weight was the same either way, but the weight rating was different for static vs. dynamic. I think a ski on a platform being trailered over bumps, dips would certainly be more like a dynamic load, while a person stepping on a platform is much less so. Plus a human body has some "flex" so the moment of load is not as instant or inertial. My 2 cents.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:23 AM
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:08 PM
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Umm, wow. I assume some support bars have to lower in order to get the skis on/off. I think I might be a little nervous trailering that.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:14 PM
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Umm, wow. I assume some support bars have to lower in order to get the skis on/off. I think I might be a little nervous trailering that.
Nah, just back into the lake until the water comes up to the hood of your truck.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:44 PM
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Nah, just back into the lake until the water comes up to the hood of your truck.
Nice. I see now that there are channeled grooves on the vertical supports, so I guess the whole thing lowers, after the boat is unloaded. Pretty cool idea, especially if you had a motorhome and traveled a good bit.
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