Rebuilding Swim Platform

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scrawley
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Rebuilding Swim Platform

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I have a swim ladder with a small platform (15" x 17"). To access the boat from the water you climb the ladder, stand on the platform and step onto the lazarette. The platform consists of 3 layers of dilapidated white plastic cutting boards. Very unsightly. I want to replace with wood. Teak, of course, comes to mind. Anyone else used a different hardwood that has stood up to sun, saltwater, etc.?
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Re: Rebuilding Swim Platform

Post by chipveres »

Ipe is as durable as teak and cheaper if you can find the size you need.

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Re: Rebuilding Swim Platform

Post by OverEasy »

Hi Scrawley!

Just a suggestion…
West Marine has some solid 1/2” and 3/4” thick anti skid surfaced Starboard you might want to consider.
Generally stronger and more durable with less maintenance than wood.

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Re: Rebuilding Swim Platform

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how heavy is starboard or similar building stuffs??
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Re: Rebuilding Swim Platform

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Roughly Starboard is about the same to x1-1/4 the weight as marine ply but never rots/delaminates/(nor requires refinishing and comes in a couple of colors if desired)
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