Adding swim platform to FV270

WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
Looking at adding a platform to our 2000 FV270 for next season. I like the top mount designs for a clean entry and am currently looking at two companies in Canada and swimplatforms.com in the US, but with the dollar right now, pricing would be a factor. I am also a little limited by the available slips at our marina and don't wish to move, so I might be stuck at around 36" from transom overall. Otherwise the bow sticks too far into the channel.
Interested in opinions/experiences of others, particularly 270 owners that have gone down the road before. Things to watch for? Any changes to performance, handling, getting on plane etc? 
"Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
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  • diggin2day1diggin2day1 Long Island, NYPosts: 1,167Member ✭✭✭✭
    I used swimplatforms.com for my Maxum 2400scr a few years ago and it was an awesome product. Fit and finish was excellent and it transformed the boat. Total overall length of it was 36"... so with the overlap of the factory 1' platform, it only extended the boat by 2'
  • Lake_BumLake_Bum Flagstaff, AZ Posts: 313Member ✭✭✭
    For my 232, I brought the boat directly to the guys at swimplatforms.com and had them build a custom 45" deep, on top style for my boat. It absolutely is the best upgrade I've ever done to any of my boats! 
    2000 Captiva 232 
  • rinker270nbrinker270nb Posts: 129Member ✭✭✭
    Swimplatforms.com did mine, best money spent. I think mine is a bit larger and higher than the factory unit. Zero affects on performance, zero drag, and very sturdy. A big difference in usable space and a lot safer than the catwalk.  LMK if you want pics.
  • diggin2day1diggin2day1 Long Island, NYPosts: 1,167Member ✭✭✭✭
    @rinker270nb - what year is your FV270? Any pictures of the swim platform? 
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    @rinker270nb - what year is your FV270? Any pictures of the swim platform? 
    Yep. Pics if you got em. How deep did you go?
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,443Member ✭✭✭✭
    This is pic of 03 , it is factory 32 inch which is great, Not sure what the back of  2000 looks like, If you have a choice, try and get it up high as you can, easier to step up and down from the dock, as well as this location is only 1/2 inch about the water. 

    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 250Member ✭✭✭
    I have one on order for my 300 vee from http://yourswimplatforms.com/Gallery/yourpicturespage.html
    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    That's one I was investigating. Located over in Port Perry apparently. The other Canadian one I was checking out was in Quebec at 
    http://lescompositesmabernard.com/nautical-division/platforms/
    A Doral owner at our marina had them build a HUGE platform (about 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep) that looks really well constructed.
    Both outfits were at the Toronto Boat Show last year, hoping they'll be there this year so I can talk with them. Just not sure about timelines if I wait until then. @F1100 ; what kind of lead/delivery time are you expecting?

    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 250Member ✭✭✭
    mine is on order and will be delivered Mar 9, I have my boat out this winter getting some other stuff done to it, so will be installed in the spring

    its a 9ft 6, with swim ladder and garb handle with bbq mount ..matched to gel coat
    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
  • rinker270nbrinker270nb Posts: 129Member ✭✭✭
    Mines a 1999 270.  Here's an on-forum pic, it sets on top of the original catwalk and sits pretty high, in a good way!

    Scroll Down to picture, Chase N Grace....

    http://rinkerboats.vanillaforums.com/discussion/comment/85689#Comment_85689
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 1,461Member ✭✭✭
    Swimplatforms.com
    awesome and best accessory ever purchased 
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 250Member ✭✭✭
    if you are in the usa ...yes... however in Canada its another story

    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks @rinker270nb, good pic, essentially what I'm looking for.

    I will give swimplatforms.com full marks for getting back to me with a very detailed and very quick quote. I e-mailed late last night and got an answer by noon today, our time, so considering they are in Phoenix, they got on it first thing.
    Was quoted $1695 for the platform, $98 for crating, $376 for shipping and $63 if shipping to a non-commercial address. So total is $2232 US. With today's exchange it'd be $2785CDN.
    But....taxes, duties and broker fees are not included and are my responsibility. Conservatively, I'd have to estimate at least another $500, so about $3285 in Canuck bucks......
    One of the two Canadian companies replied, but said that they didn't have a template for my year/model. They have offered to give me an approximate quote based on a pic of my boat, the width and length of existing platform and the size of the new platform I'd like. And if it looks good, they have an installer that's going to be in the area in about two weeks on another job that could come and do the template after which I get a hard price. Might investigate this further.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • rinker270nbrinker270nb Posts: 129Member ✭✭✭
    Let me know ow if you want add'l pics. I broke the strap for the ladder and swimplatforms.com sent me another, no problem. Their service has been great!
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 250Member ✭✭✭
    the guys in port perry just drove over and measured mine(they did not have a template either), was pretty easy. they will deliver it to my marina as well, plus they are local , so big plus IMO

    the total cost was under 3000, so cheaper than the USA company as well.
    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    And I would think the platform for your 300 would be a bit bigger. If I don't hear back from them by the end of the week I'll give them a shout. 
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • gackgack Long Island, NYPosts: 312Member ✭✭✭
    Just saw that a 2002 270FV swim platform was just listed on EBay for anyone looking for one.  Current bid is $150.

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    Reviving this thread because after putting it off the last two seasons we're finally moving ahead with the new swim platform. Had other issues that were "musts" before we could do this. Will be templated Wednesday and builder assures me they can turn it around in time for me to install and meet our May 1st launch date. Will post pics as it goes.
    We did end up going with the more local alternative at http://yourswimplatforms.com/

    Also, @raybo3 I tried going back to the link shown by @rinker270nb above and get an error message that it can't be found. Anything to do with the upgrades?
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • raybo3raybo3 Revere MAPosts: 3,984Moderator mod
    @Willhound I have noticed this for a long time. If you notice the forum only has 100 pages to it. I have an e-mail sent to Vanilla to see how to access the archives beyond those 100 pages. I will keep everyone posted once I find out. I am going on Vacation starting tomorrow and its very had to do my "mod duty's" from my phone but I will try...lol 
    2002 342 Fiesta Vee PC Point Of Pines YC Revere MA. popyc.org
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    No worries @raybo3 . Enjoy your vacation and don't worry about the board, I'm sure it'll still be here when you return. I don't really need to see that link, was just curious.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • rinker270nbrinker270nb Posts: 129Member ✭✭✭
    Hheres the pic again if needed....
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks @rinker270nb. I do like the look of those platforms. Our local company doesn't do the bevel on the sides or sweep the outside corners in, so a little clunkier looking. But looks solid anyway.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 4,844Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    That does look a little cleaner than mine...
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 5,023Member, Moderator mod
    While sweeping the corners may look nice, it would be my number one reason for not buying a boat.  It makes it extremely difficult for boarding the boat.  It also is terrible when you raft-up, very difficult to step on to.  I have a friend that has the 350 with the rounded platform and it is nearly impossible to get onto from the dock at the platform.  Sorry, I guess you hit a sore spot :)  It is a nice looking platform.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    Well Guys, got the replaying done the other day. Platform is promised for plenty of time to install before May 1st launch. Went with the local company. Will post pics.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 4,844Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    If your at floating docks which is common, it's just the opposite..it's flush to the dock generally.
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 250Member ✭✭✭
    Here is my platform installed now..its great :) makes my boat a 36ft OAL now :) a few pics
    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,628Member ✭✭✭✭
    @F1100 it was your install and the PM's we traded that convinced me to stick with these guys. A very solid looking platform. I was getting frustrated because the communication back and forth was a little slow and we had difficulty finding time to meet up because they had offered to come over and do the template as part of the deal. Was really happy I held on though, Matt was a great guy and we had a good discussion about how the platform would be built. I opted for a top mount ladder and also discussed using the Easy Up Swim Handles ( http://www.easyupswimhandles.com/ )  which they had seen before and are taking into account in the build. I wanted the ladder and handles to line up with my entry, so as a result instead of the two vents in either corner we're going with a larger SeaRay style vent in the middle so it doesn't impede on the handle locations. Will also allow me to inspect the single drive I have from above. Should be ready in another week or so, just in time to get it on for launch.
    Also curious, did the marina nail you with the extra L.O.A.? Our marina has always gone by manufacturer designation, so my 270 is charged at 27'. not the almost 30' it really is. But we have new owners this year, so it remains to be seen if they're going to stick to that formula or start measuring. If they do, the platform will likely cost me an extra $350 a year in slip fees.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 4,844Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I bet they won't notice unless you bring it up....boats that have the built in platform would be included in the over all length right? This is a plus hopefully adding 3' for free! Looks great and I'm sure yours on the 270 will also....I think mine is a big plus for hanging out and getting on and off the boat.....it's amazing what 3' adds to the overall length of a 270....heck that is adding 11%!
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 250Member ✭✭✭
    The boat is registered as a 1993 rinker 300vee, so its a 30ft :) (even though the stock OAL is 33ft 11in) and when you add the platform its 36ft+  The boat does not stick out of my slip so its not an issue. I think my slip could take a 40ft long boat TBH

    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
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