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Hi, my name is Matt and I am the owner of Custom Swim Platforms, known on the web as www.yourswimplatforms.com.

In the early 90's I bought my first project boat, a 1964 35 foot Chris Craft Sea Skiff. One of the first projects was to clean up the varnish on the transom and to build a mahogany boarding ladder. While standing on the swim platform sanding, I realized we would enjoy the boat much more if it had a deeper swim platform, so I took the mahogany platform that was on the boat and extended it 12 inches using some scrap mahogany I had left over from building the boarding ladder.

My next boat was a 1964 38 foot Chris Craft Sea Skiff Sea Hawk, this boat did not have a swim platform when I bought it. Luckily I came across a nice mahogany swim platform from a mid 60's Trojan boat. Again it needed some modifications, so I changed the curvature and extended the platform to fit my new Sea Hawk.

Over the years I totally rebuilt my two wooden Chris Crafts, developing a passion for boat repair and restoration. I went so far as to work part time in a local shipwright shop, it was during these years that I first started to use fiberglass and epoxies. Then about 5 years ago I bought my first fiberglass boat, a 1971 32 foot Alglas Pacemaker aft cabin. This boat had an old worn out teak platform that sagged every time I stood on it. I built a new platform using King Starboard and was quite happy with it.

Well it seemed that every boat I bought, the first thing I did was build a larger swim platform. I always felt that my family was safer getting on and off the boat while swimming when they were far away from the props, plus being able to sit comfortably on a deck chair, BBQ, haul up my scuba gear, and fish off the extended platforms made our boating outings better. Then two years ago I bought my 1988 37 foot Chris Craft Amerosport.

Custom Swim Platforms 1988 Chris Craft Amerosport1988 Amerosport

I love this boat with its huge back deck, and massive interior, but, we soon learned that climbing in over the transom was getting a little tiresome, so we decided that we would build a set of steps instead of the ladder that was standard on the boat. The Amerosport has a nice integrated swim platform but it is only 22 inches deep. I realized that stairs would cut the swim platform in two making it almost useless, so here I was again looking to extend a swim platform. The big difference with this boat was that it has a molded integrated swim platform, not just a piece added onto the end of the transom. I wanted the boat to look as close to factory as possible so I started doing some research and came across several companies in the USA that made custom swim platforms and got them to price out building one for me. Their prices were OK but the cost and hassle to ship them to me just turned me off buying from them. I found a couple of local companies in Ontario that would build me one, a one off, but their prices were much higher than what I would pay if I bought out of the States including the shipping. So I decided to build my own. I researched and spoke with several composite shops and developed a plan to build a mould and make a platform that would fit over the existing platform on the Amerosport. This project lead me to build one for a friend and then the requests started to come in from several others at my marina. This lead me to create Custom Swim Platforms and offer my services to others. I hope if you are considering a new swim platform you will take the time to discuss your needs with me and see if I can build a new platform for you.

Thanks for visiting and considering Custom Swim Platforms.