Easy Up Swim Handles

WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
Wondering if anyone has experience with mounting or using these? Any input good or bad?
http://www.easyupswimhandles.com/
in particular the "P" shape handles.
We will likely be adding a custom swim platform to our 2000 FV270 this year and need an option to both aid in boarding from the dock and also when climbing out of the water. Admiral sometimes has balance issues and a bad back so likes to have something sturdy to hang on to when boarding and disembarking.
In particular, I'm wondering if the handles "lock" into the orientation they are placed, or will they swing from side to side, i.e. swivel?
As far as the platform, I realize these guys are affiliated with Swimplatforms.com but I have a more local option that I will likely use for the platform. When you take into account exchange and shipping the cost of the platform from there gets crazy so I'd look at adding these myself.
"Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
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  • Glassguy54Glassguy54 Posts: 531Member ✭✭✭
    On their video, those appendages are a sight to behold. The swim handles are nice too.
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah. Purely for research purposes I've watched the videos a couple of dozen times or so. .. :p
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,596Member ✭✭✭✭
    For $250 and something like that climbs in my boat, it's worth it.
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah....would cost you more than that though. Cost you your boat, house, furniture and half your pension!
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 5,312Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can't add nuttin....
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,202Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 1
    Either one would probably kill you @randy56

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Well, I'm happy you guys are enjoying the video's.  :pensive:
    Now if only I could get some feedback on the product. While searching it I came across the patent documents showing it was applied for in 2010/11 and only finally granted in 2015, so relatively new. It appears the original idea stemmed from swimming pool ladders and rails. Simple really, a boater saw a need for a product that didn't exist and was able to take it to production. Anybody else have any bright ideas they can retire on?
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,596Member ✭✭✭✭
    Image result for grab handles on swim platformDock Grab HandleImage result for grab handles on swim platformImage result for grab handles on swim platformThe one you found looks the best to me because it is removable. 
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,202Member ✭✭✭
    I wasn't thrilled with the concept of dropping into the mounts on the swim platform, I figure over time movement etc may loosen them up. And no doubt some idiot would pull one out and drop into the water. Plus for me the fact it's an open end curve I can guaranty I'd hit my big boof head on it every time I used it.

    I have one like the Anglesey units mounted at the stern like most have as a grab handle just above the platform, my friends Bayliner has nothing and we were looking at something like mine too as there needs to be a grab handle. For us this works but if your admiral has mobility issues it sounds like you'll need something else.

    I suggest a 4 rung ladder too for that extra depth first step, mine is 3 that for the 5'2" admiral can be a stretch and trying to find one that will fit folded in the ladder store is a challenge. If you are doing a new and custom platform your options are pretty well open.

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Looking at the patent drawings I can see that there is a flange that mounts under the platform that "sandwiches" the drop in mount tight to the platform. I wondered about long term stress also, but I wouldn't leave them in underway, it's more for off and on at the slip, and once in a while on the water. The "U" shaped ones with double mounts are likely sturdier, but I like that you can pass by the "P" shape ones on the platform while mounted. Anything solid mounted doesn't work for me as it is either in the way, or if mounted too close to the transom, too far to stretch to reach. The platform we are looking at adding will extend almost 3 feet. I've e-mailed the vendor with some questions, they are closed until next week so will see what kind of answers I get.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • Glassguy54Glassguy54 Posts: 531Member ✭✭✭
    I would want to keep anything that could become a trip hazard off of the platform, i.e. fixed grab handles, etc.
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,202Member ✭✭✭
    I agree, mine not on the platform but the ledge above it.

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,596Member ✭✭✭✭
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,498Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    BTW in the product video, Swimsuit Model #1 has a Wardrobe Malfunction at 1:58.  The reaction of Swimsuit Model #2 is kinda funny.

    Veering back on-topic ... good point about dropping the handles overboard.  Have you considered just tying a rope to use as a handhold when re-boarding the swim platform?  
  • 04FV270riverrat04FV270riverrat Lexington, KYPosts: 243Member ✭✭✭
    randy56 said:
    There are some good ones on there. I hate my raised platform and only 3 step ladder. 
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,384Member ✭✭✭
    All members quietly going back to 1:58
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • shawnmjrshawnmjr Detroit MIPosts: 1,367Member ✭✭✭✭
    LaRea said:
    BTW in the product video, Swimsuit Model #1 has a Wardrobe Malfunction at 1:58.  The reaction of Swimsuit Model #2 is kinda funny.

    Veering back on-topic ... good point about dropping the handles overboard.  Have you considered just tying a rope to use as a handhold when re-boarding the swim platform?  
    Well.... if the ladder causes the problem that occurs at 1:58 I’m in. 
  • Dude_HimselfDude_Himself Charleston, SCPosts: 549Member ✭✭✭
    I bought 12, my boat looks like something out of water world and not a single bikini-clad woman has joined me.
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Doesn't seem like anyone has used, or seen anyone around with these handles.
    I agree the dropping overboard factor is a consideration, but most of the places I can think to use them are shallow and the fact that they are removable just leaving a little flush mount is a plus for me. They should easily store under the rear seat. Might also consider davits in future, and this system would allow me to still do that.
    Toronto Boat Show is in a couple of weeks, maybe I'll see something there but if I go ahead in the spring with the platform, I've pretty much convinced myself I need these too and can report back.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • Glassguy54Glassguy54 Posts: 531Member ✭✭✭
    One could make a styrofoam donut to slide on the handle that would make it float if dropped in the drink.
  • shawnmjrshawnmjr Detroit MIPosts: 1,367Member ✭✭✭✭
    One could make a styrofoam donut to slide on the handle that would make it float if dropped in the drink.
    A pool noodle might work. 
  • cls10105cls10105 Cleveland TNPosts: 258Member ✭✭
    I watched the video. Those are some really nice handles. I would like to put my hands on a set of them. 
    cruising on 6. tw0s
  • machboatmachboat SE IowaPosts: 14Member ✭✭
    I saw someplace where they designed these back in 2011 and patented them in 2015. Has any one had a couple years of experience with them? How do they hold up. I am think about putting them on the extended swim platform on my 2006 270 Fiesta Vee but if memory serves me the bottom of the swim platform is an irregular / angled surface. How do the mounting brackets accommodate that? Momma has replacement knees and these look like just the ticket.
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    I've only had mine this season but so far we love them. Same reason, I have bad knees and the Admiral a bad hip but even our very able daughter loves them. I'm 6'2 about 245 lbs and I can haul my carcass out with ease and no movement on the handles.
    They use a socket with collar on top and a matching collar underneath. I think as long as you drill down thru the platform at 90 degrees you'd be ok.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Unfortunately I don't have a pic from underneath but this is what they look like mounted on my platform. They lock into place so I've never removed them from time of mounting but very easy to so if you want to.

    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • PickleRickPickleRick Posts: 181Member ✭✭
    Wow, you guys from canuckastan know how to deck out a swim platform!  Very clean and comfortable looking set up!  
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks  :p
    Yeah, that big a$$ platform has been awesome! Best addition ever to the boat and zero effect on handling or getting on plane. Had to watch backing into the slip at first but all good now. Two deck chairs and a small table and still room for others to stand or walk by.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • Glassguy54Glassguy54 Posts: 531Member ✭✭✭
    Now what would be really sharp would be add a custom SS rail around the edge of the platform. Protect from damage to the platform and serve as a grab handle when first getting on the ladder and making the transition up to the swim handles.
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 2,425Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Now what would be really sharp would be add a custom SS rail around the edge of the platform. Protect from damage to the platform and serve as a grab handle when first getting on the ladder and making the transition up to the swim handles.
    I think someone on the forum did that recently.
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,954Member ✭✭✭✭
    It was an option that was discussed but I didn't like the look and didn't want to provide anyone (including me) the opportunity to have the stupid urge to the something off on it. The handles curve down enough that they are easily grabbed even when standing on bottom. 
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
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