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    Kojak's Swim Platform Pad Install


    Kojak
    • Year: 2006 Brand: Malibu Model / Trim: 23 LSV Cost: $250-$499 Platform Type: Fiberglass

    Last year I decided to replace the swim platform pad on my 23 LSV as it was no longer soft and was cracking badly.  We went with SeaDek but just ordered a generic black pad due to the cost. I placed an order for a 2006 23 LSV with hatch cut out.  When it arrived, I found that it did not fit the swim platform on my boat.  After taking numerous measurements, I determined that I needed the pad for a 2005 LSV.  Evidently, my 06 has an 05 swim platform.  SeaDek was great and I was able to return the first one for a full refund. 

    I ordered the pad for the 05 and when it arrived I found that SeaDek had shipped me another customer's pad. After contacting SeaDek, they were able to reroute my pad, which was going to Montana, and sent me a prepaid label to ship the incorrect pad to the Montana customer.  So after a bit of delay, we received the correct pad and were able to install it.  Since the pad did not come with anything to place over the hatch cutout, I ordered the SeaDek Small Cut Pad in black.  It also has the same texture as the swim platform pad.  My wife traced the hatch, cut the pad to fit, and installed it on top of the hatch. It looks like it was made to fit.  

    Removing the old pad was simple enough.  I started at a corner and peeled it off in just two pieces.  It came apart along the one big crack. This was in April 2017 and there was still water underneath the old pad from the summer. You can see the discoloration of the fiberglass in the pics.  There was also a considerable amount of dirt underneath it. I followed SeaDek's instructions and cleaned the platform with mineral spirits. I also had to use a razor blade as a previous owner had used some type of glue all around the edge. I then buffed the platform and installed the new pad. It's 100 times better than the old one.

     

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