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  • Mahogany Swim Deck

    • Year: 2002 Brand: Tige Model / Trim: 23V Cost: $0-$249 Installation Shop: Me Platform Type: Teak, Other

    Last year I refinished the teak (Iroko actually) platform on my 23V and it came out OK but the wood was starting to rot a bit and the color was darker than I wanted. 
    After riding behind Allfab's boat and talking with him about his platform I decided to make another one.  I've always been a fan of wood platforms, I wish they still put them on new boats. IMO it adds a classy nostalgic touch that fiberglass doesn't have. 
    It's modeled after the 24VE platform and is a good bit bigger than the stock one. 

    Counter intuitive for surfing it seems but his works really well, it actually helps shape the wave rather than just ride above it. 
    You can see the shape and size difference here

    I ordered about 50bdft of 5/4 Mahogany from my lumber supplier and planed it down. 


    Straight lined the pieces (you can use a router jig, a track saw, or a joiner to do this as well)

    Then sanded them smooth (bot not too smooth, I stick with 80 grit and below so they aren't slippery in the water)

    I put a 1/4" roundover down the length of each board but forgot to take pictures of that. 

    Then lay it out and mark out your cuts


    Once your satisfied with the layout screw it all together, taking care to keep screws out of where you're going to cut. 


    From there just cut it out. I used the old platform to trace the curve from the boat, and the plywood platform template from @Allfab to to rough out the shape. I went a little more geometric than the curves he has which will probably be a hindrance to my wave lol but I like the look. 




    And then you roundover the edges, and sand the cuts and oil the sucker. 
    Mohogany is an oily tropical hardwood so it doesn't take much oil. 


    Start to finish roughly 3-4 hours. 










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    That's sweet.   I'm with you on the wood platforms being more boat-like.   Personally I fought that a lot when I built my gates (and wanted gate cutouts in the platform).   My previous boat had teak, and it was easy to do.  My 07 had fiberglass, and ultimately I went with the newer Malibu fiberglass platform to make it simple.... but still love those teaks.   I think Mastercraft still sells a bunch on their surf boats?

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    Honestly I'm surprised I don't see more of the high end boats with a teak deck and accents. It certainly has a higher end feel IMO than foam. 

    My guess is it's maintenance. People dropping 150K on their boat don't want to have to oil anything (even the engine, they pay 900 bucks for that oil and impeller change lol)

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    Agreed, wood adds class to boats. I think it makes most water toys feel more nautical and earthy so to speak. I wish more than the swim deck on my boat was real wood. 

    We've got a paddle board with wood inlay and it looks like it belongs in the water more than the all glass one we have.

    I'm seriously considering the Inland Surfer Tako board because it comes in a 'wood' version.

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