DO IT YOURSELF
lower unit or to remove the cowling
while the boat is in the water.
We chose to mount the platform on
the port side of the transom, which is
a common location aboard outboard-powered boats as it avoids swimmers
having to step over cables between the
engine and starboard side of the boat on
the inside of the transom.
We spent a little more than one
hour to complete the installation, which
includes mounting the platform to the
transom, followed by attaching the telescoping ladder to the platform after it is
secured to the boat. Here are the major
steps in the installation process.
1. Determine which side of the transom
is best suited for installing the swim
platform. Mount the platform’s single
handrail on the side of the platform
opposite the outboard. In our case, with
the platform located on the port side, the
handrail support was mounted on the
port side of the platform.
2. Secure the short underside support
rail and angled underside strut to the
starboard side of the platform.
3. Hold the assembled platform against
the transom to determine its location,
making sure it’s level with and above the
waterline with room to thru-bolt both the
handrail support above and the angled
rail support below to the transom. Check
to make sure the outboard can swing fully
to port without contacting the platform.
4. Mark the locations of the thru-tran-som holes to be drilled for the bolts (
customer supplied) to mount the strut and
support rails on the transom.
5. Drill the mounting holes, starting with the bit in
reverse so as not to
chip the surface of
6. Seal the holes,
and bed each bolt
are often wood-
cored so it’s impor-
tant the hardware
is sealed correctly,
or water can begin
to rot the wood and weaken the struc-
ture. In many applications, backing
plates will be required on the inside
of the transom to spread the loads and
prevent possible issues with the fasten-
ers compressing the core materials. Visit
BoatUS.com/Magazine to learn how to
correctly bed hardware.
7. Attach the strut and support rails using
thru-bolts with adequately oversized
washers or backing plates. If the tran-
som is less than 2 inches thick, Garelick
recommends that a backing plate (not
included) be mounted on the inside of
8. Attach the telescoping ladder, which
comes preassembled, to the platform using
the pilot holes and fasteners supplied.
9. Attach the ladder’s security strap
mounting tab to the underside of the
platform with stainless-steel bolts. Then
secure the stowed ladder with the touch-tape strap beneath the platform, and
check operation of the strap and ladder.
on selecting a