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  • Fiberglass platform

    • Year: 2006 Brand: Centurion Model / Trim: Elite v Cost: $250-$499 Platform Type: Fiberglass



    My boat came with a teak platform that was old and small. And a little out dated. When i bought the boat a new platform was a must have. 


    First make a template to match the back of the boat and cut it out on 3/4 inch fiberglass reinforced plywood. 

    Make a bottom piece and screw it to the top piece. I used a adhesive between the two so there would be no creeking and such. Used lots screws and countersunk them. 


    Then you need to fiberglass all the exposed wood and screw and blend it into the fiberglass on the plywood. 


    Then its time to sand it all smooth and do a little body work with body filler to make it all perfect. 


    Then the primer. 


    Then paint and clear. All automotive grade products. And i used agenda traction for the top. 


    Hand cut and sanded edges to give it a nice finished look. 


    Bottom finished with a bed liner product. 


    I also put a 3m clear bra around the front and side egdes to keep the paint from getting scuffed up. But have ni pictures of that step. 

    Finished product. 




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    I may be referring back to this project multiple times.  Considering doing the same with 3/4" coosa board possibly to make a surfgate style platform for my 06' vlx since the stock one is too wide and square for my gates to work nicely.  Awesome job on this!

    Question for anyone, if i do this with the coosa board, would i gain strength with 2 layers of 3/4" glued and screwed together, or if i can get 1.5" board would a single piece be enough?  I'm not much of an engineer, but just wondering if the double layer would add strength vs. the equivalent in a single layer?

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    That might be a good option as well, might be cheaper and a little easier to get than coosa...  i figured i could pry sell my old one then, although it probably wouldn't cost too much for fiberglass and filler...

    i guess i didn't think about that because i didn't want to not have a platform while i was making or fixing the old one, although i have a partial sheet of 3/4" plywood i could seal and paint black and put the old pad on it while i retrofitted the original.  If i paint it black, and have to use it for a month, oh well.  no one would even notice it much unless you were close to the boat.  


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