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Old 02-10-2006, 02:11 PM
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Platform Bracket is stuck

Well, I've had this problem for about a year and haven't worried about it much. My swim platform bracket on the port side is stuck in the receiver and nothing seems to make it budge. Believe me, I've talked to it nicely, tapped it gently with a hammer, and squirted it with PB Blaster. It must have warped somehow. Anyone have this happen to them and get it unstuck by doing something I haven't mentioned?
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:12 PM
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Try a bigger hammer!!!

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Old 02-10-2006, 02:14 PM
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:21 PM
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Well, the only reason I take it off is to oil it at the beginning of the season. I can do it while it's on the boat, but I pretty much ignore the bottom if I do it this way.

I think I'll try really whacking it with a rubber mallet. Maybe with this little cool snap, the metal has contracted a bit.
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:23 PM
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Unbolt the bracket from under the swimstep. Then remove the swimstep at that point, which will take the other bracket with it. Then negotiate with the stuck bracket without the swimstep on there. My guess is it's bound up due to the wood shrinking.
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:35 PM
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Unbolt the bracket from under the swimstep. Then remove the swimstep at that point, which will take the other bracket with it. Then negotiate with the stuck bracket without the swimstep on there. My guess is it's bound up due to the wood shrinking.
Good idea. We'll see how much time I have on my hands this weekend.
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:38 PM
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You beat me to it Air Junky. Wood shrunk and its holding tight. Dont hammer as you are asking for it-mis-hit and you got yourself a gelcoat repair. I imagine you have corrosion of alloy metals against each other. Maybe liquid wrench or wd-40 would help.
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:39 PM
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Unbolt the bracket from under the swimstep. Then remove the swimstep at that point, which will take the other bracket with it. Then negotiate with the stuck bracket without the swimstep on there. My guess is it's bound up due to the wood shrinking.
I agree. I have (had) a stuck bracket on our new boat. After lifting so hard that I pulled the screw out of the platform, I determine the setup was binding. So, I too would suggest unbolting the platform. I did so and also determined that the slotted channel had burrs that would grab the platform bracket. I filed the burrs down, drilled out my stripped screw holes, and filled back in with teak plugs. Then I put the bracket in place and put the swim platform back on (with the other bracket still mounted to it). I kind of let the bracket find its own new "home" and completed the reassembly by putting the screws back in.
Doing all this helped, but I still noticed that my bracket "scewed" when I put the screws back in. I'm wondering whether the mounting plate was attached to the boat at the proper angle, or the top surface of that platform bracket is angled improperly.
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:43 PM
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Thanks all. I'll look into it this weekend. Removing the platform used to be a regular thing for me, so I don't think corrosion is the culprit. Plus, if PB can't get it out from som rust, I don't know what can.

I'll keep you posted on what I find. Thanks again everyone!
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Old 02-10-2006, 03:07 PM
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Okay, one other question. When you used teak plugs, did you just pound them (gently) into the drilled out holes or did you use some sort of glue? Are the plugs the best option. Would epoxy work better or does it expand like gorilla glue does?
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