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Swimstep Resize 22 Apr 2011 23:50 #1

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Problem: How to get my kicker and dink to fit on the transom.
Solution: Resize the swimstep.

Here is the model, SomeSailor's boat.

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SomeSailor was kind enough to measure his step and create this cool drawing for me to use.

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Using the measurements I cut the step in two places and ground down the gecoat on the top and bottom.

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Then using the West Systems resin and hardener along with some fiberglass mat, and marine plywood I put the two parts back together. I had never done this kind of thing before so it was an adventure. I also added a tab of plywood to the port corner so it would line up with the transom.

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 00:01 #2

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And he's not showing us how nicely it turned out.

Great job Greg. You'll love having the kicker on the hull and never miss the swim step real estate.

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 00:04 #3

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Bottom view:

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Then it was time for some gelcoat:

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Then some sanding and more gelcoat:
The holes were also filled with resin and gelcoat. The diamond tred on the holes was made with a silly putty impression pressed over the holes.

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 00:13 #4

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I painted the bottom with some Interlux white primer.

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Top view Done.

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I hung the new dink from the rafters in my garage so I could measure where the Weaver Pads and Davits will line up. Here is the step on the boat.

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Oh I forgot to mention that I filled the 4 holes in the transom with resin to about an 1/8 of and inch to flush, let it set up, then toped them off with gelcoat, then sanded, polished, buffed and waxed.

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 00:20 #5

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SomeSailor;564555 wrote: And he's not showing us how nicely it turned out.

Great job Greg. You'll love having the kicker on the hull and never miss the swim step real estate.


Thanks Mike for all of your help with the measuring and the silly putty idea. :)
I am happy about how it turned out.
I should be able to mount the kicker and dink soon. :cool

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 13:50 #6

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Here's another tip. Bob and I actually launched mine and floated the dink in behind the boat to get the right height for the pads. My last dink had the pads mounted so high on the tubes they were constantly "twisting" the tubes and made it very difficult to attach / detach the dinghy.

Looking from the stern of my dink, the pads are at about the 10 O'clock position on the port tube. They carry the weight well, and can still be connected while in the water.

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 14:40 #7

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Yeah, that would be a fool proof way to get the dink lined up with the swimstep. I would want to be able set the dink in the water yet still have it attached to the davits.

I might need to wait a while to get that done as Lake Pend Oreille is still very low. There are only a few ramps that reach the water, and they are very steep.

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Swimstep Resize 23 Apr 2011 14:55 #8

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It's important as the davit height... and tube height... and where the dink rides in the water (with you and motor and gas in it) will be important factors in setting it up.

I have custom davits on mine too (they stand up about 6" above the swwimstep) that allows me to run the kicker if needed with the dinghy up).

When I bought this new larger dinghy, I lost some of that capability. I now have to drop the dinghy to lower the kicker. I figure if I get in trouble and have to deploy the kicker it won't make a big difference as the kicker is hydraulically lowered / steered, and electric start. It is more of a hassle than the smaller dinghy the boat had when I got it, but flipping it over gives me more room getting on / off the boat and I usually don't fish with the dinghy anyhow (too much blood and too many fish hooks) :)

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Swimstep Resize 30 May 2011 21:09 #9

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Davits and kicker bracket installed. We got out on the lake yesterday and the kicker worked great no more cavitating as was the case when I had it on the swimstep. Installed the stand offs today.

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Swimstep Resize 28 Aug 2014 19:59 #10

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Att; 2859er

Ahoy Matey,,

It seems you have solved a problem I've struggled with for weeks and that is how to get a 9.8 kicker on my 2859 . What you've done is a really great solution to my problem and I would like to do it.
Problem is this looks somewhat complicated when it comes to the fiber glassing and finishing. Did you cement the plywood down and then glass over it and is this a complicated procedure? I don't want to screw this up and I'm wondering if you got any prices from fiber glass shops to do this and if so how much did they want?
You moved the port swim step support arm and it sounds like you epoxied the holes and then gelcoated them;correct?
And then you relocated the support arm ;and how did you reinstall? Any help and advice you can send my way would really be appreciated. I have lot's of questions.
Thanks,

Denny
Kirkland,Wa.

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