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tbudde posted 06-07-2002 02:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for tbudde   Send Email to tbudde  
Is there a small swim platform available for the Montauk? Or what other ways do you have to get back into your boat? Thanks for the help...


DCPeters posted 06-07-2002 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters
oysterman posted 06-08-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for oysterman  Send Email to oysterman     
I got mine from Whaler for our 2001 Montauk. Probably a little more expensive, but looks and works great! The kids have no problem getting out of the water.
PMUCCIOLO posted 06-08-2002 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

Although the website is a bit difficult to navigate, look on


Allard posted 06-17-2002 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Allard  Send Email to Allard     
Tbudde, I too am trying to attach a BW swim platform to my montauk. In conversation with the factory, they say to check the wood diagrams (on other threads) to see if your year boat has wood at the point where the lower bracket attaches. Per these diagrams, my 1984 boat does not, so I am looking for a way around this problem. If anyone has solved it, I would certainly like to know how. Can anyone help please.
JimU posted 06-17-2002 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
I got a swim latter from west marine. Not as concenient as swim platform but it works and it's cheap. JIM
JimU posted 06-17-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
make that swim "ladder". JIM
triblet posted 06-18-2002 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet doesn't work -- no such


gvisko posted 06-19-2002 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     

there is no wood in bottom for bracket
what i did is i drilled a small hole
and tapped a small stainless screw about
3/4" long and backed the bracket with 5200
fast dry the important bracket is the top
and ther is wood up there on my 87 .
i use my platform all the time and it has not
moved and iam a big guy i would hate to
have to remove it. gvisko

Hoop posted 06-20-2002 01:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Has anyone installed an Armstrong Nautical ladder on a Montauk or other Whaler, and if so, what are your experiences? They are pricey - about the same price as a dealer installed swim platform - but stable and removable.
chad posted 06-20-2002 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
triblet posted 06-20-2002 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet
only works with Internet Explorer, not Netscape
4, not Mozilla. Used some oddball plugins.
The tiny pictures are a megabyte each.

And they didn't have anything terribly


triblet posted 06-20-2002 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The Armstrong ladders are nice (I've used one
on a Grady, I think), but no more stable than
the factory platform with a three-step
Windline, and take up space in the boat to

Agreed, you don't have to take off your fins
to climb the Armstrong, but so what? If,
absent some physical challenge, you can't take
your fins off in the water, you shouldn't be


Allard posted 06-21-2002 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Allard  Send Email to Allard     
Gvisko, thanks for your reply. Did you "tapp" into the lower bracket or into the glass/foam sandwich. Are there any compression signs where the lower bracket meets the transom?
Hoop posted 06-21-2002 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Triblet - Removal of a swim ladder like an Armstrong ladder has some benefit to those of us who fancy ourselves as fisherman. it provides a transom unencumberd with a swim platform that fish could snare lines under. :-)
gunnelgrabber posted 06-21-2002 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
gvisko and allard..
i have a platform attached like you're describing except on the "southwest" attachment position i epoxied a sq. pad of plywood on the surface, then screwed into it..i think people mess up mounting platforms too high..mine's even with the chine in the water, not above it.the single step is well below the cavitation great. to paraphrase triblet.." if you can't easily climb it ?..and so on?.. well,it's very simple and easy to use although 3 steps telescopers are nice!at twice the cost.
also i'd think a platform would help rather than hinder fishing say you fouled a line on the prop?....02 cents worth.good luck...lm
Allard posted 06-22-2002 03:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Allard  Send Email to Allard     
Gunnelgraber, thanks for your prompt reply to my questions. I like your comments as to the proper height for the platform and will copy them. I too am using a factory platform (that we found locally) which was designed for a later model Montauk that had proper wood placement for a platform.

I also like your idea of spreading out the compressive load by using a plywood spacer. I had been thinking of a SS plate with either a welded on nut (or a tapped hole in the plate) for the screw, to do the same job.

To mount the plate to the transom I'll either use your epoxy method or Givisko's screws with 5200. I haven't worked out the potential strength of the bond with these methods yet but will let you know when I have and I have decided which way to go.

Again, thanks to all for the very usefull advice. It's great to hear from people who "have been there and done that".

This is a great site.

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