We went with swimplatforms.com and we’re very happy with the result. A few tips …
- See if they can provide that same style rubrail as the boat. It really looks sharp when it matches.
- add the grill mount if there’s any chance you might use it. The platform core is plywood the the bottom has ribs so it’s an involved project to position it and install it correctly later (oversized holes drilled and filled with epoxy to seal the plywood)
We bought carpets from Matworks … https://matworks.com
. I was really happy with their service and would recommend them. They offer standard soft carpets as well as the duraweave “seagrass” style. We went with the seagrass style. It doesn’t get “soggy” and we loved the look but it does get much hotter in the sun under foot than standard carpet … even the lighter colors so I would stay away from anything dark in that style.
They didn’t have a template for our 2900 so they sent instructions on how to make a template. Easy but time consuming (a full afternoon). I would get a helper next time. You will also need a snap installer as most companies recommend you install snaps yourself on the boat for the best fit (I think every boat manufacturer puts them in by hand so it’s not standardized. Matworks offered to pre-install if I marked them on the template; but I opted to do it myself at their recommendation. I think it was the right decision. I was able to adjust the stretch and tension and fine tune the placement as I installed them.).
A few notes on installing snaps for canvas or carpet. Only use snaps with a brass shank … stainless shanks are much harder to crimp properly and tend to crush. There are vice-grip style installers which I used and they work well once you get the feel of it. Even if the company sends you snaps … get a few different shank lengths from sailrite.com to find the best fit to the thickness of the carpet. And don’t bother with the cheap hammer & anvil style snap installer. Lastly, use an awl to make the hole instead of a punch because it won’t cut the fibers.
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