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

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

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

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    Then the primer. 

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

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

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    Bottom finished with a bed liner product. 

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    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 hear people asking how to make a swim platform all the time.  You just showed a relatively easy way.  Thanks for posting!

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    That turned out really nice. My teak one is hanging in there but I will probably go the fiberglass route when it finally takes a dump.

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    Dale974

    Posted (edited)

    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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    Could you just cut yours where needed and just re fiberglass the edges where the gates will go? 

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    Dale974

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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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    That turned out so nice you outta be selling them !!! I wish I had one on my Sanger I guess I'm going to have to man up this winter .

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