In 2003, my friend Jo had her Albin 25, Lit'l Bit on the hard for the winter here in Tacoma, WA. She lives in Hawaii on the Big Island, so I was going to keep my eye on Lit'l Bit for her and while doing so I decided to design a swim platform. This is a project that I have never done, so I was pushing my creativity envelope to the far reaches of my mind. I traipsed down to Lit'l Bit numerous times in the cold, wet Washington winter to take measurements, tracings and make numerous templates, which I still have and periodically send tracing of the form to other Albin owners.. When spring came, Jo flew over from the Big Island and together we cut the final platform and installed it. Jo no longer owns Lit'l Bit and the new owners have taken her to Alaska.
|MDF Template glued to King Starboard|
|Cut and Still Connected|
|Newly cut and final sanding.|
That is not snow on the ground but rather shavings
Meanwhile, Shatoosh was still in California and I was busy cruising the heck out of her. It wasn't until last summer 2011, that I finally got my swim platform installed. I love having it and now my new portaboat Pashmina 2 sits, proudly on it. I have had many compliments on her shape, design and I have to admit that I am totally pleased with my big design project. I have to thank Jo, as she is a master builder with decades of construction experience and to the Salmi Brothers at Warrenton Boatyard in Warrenton, Oregon(near Astoria, Oregon on the Skipanon River) for their superior installation.
|Wedges placed to square off the brackets and platform|
|Jo and Lit'l Bit|
You can see how the platform tilts when no wedges are used.
|Aft Cabin with Liner Removed|
Fiberglassed Port Air Vent to Engine Compartment.
|Placement of brackets with air vent positions|
|Good placement with Air vents|
|Beautiful lines on the water|
See www.kingstarboard.com to see all options for ordering/colors/tools needed to cut materials.
With the left over material we then cut:
|MDF Template Glued To King Starboard|
I apologize for the errors in numbering and misplaced words/letters. Since I cut and pasted from another file I haven't been able to see them on the editing section of the blog to make corrections. This is one of those times where the blog is in not forgiving of an inserted strange format.
I hope this information is helpful to all you Albin 25 owners who want to make their own swim platform.