Doug of “Doug Bruce Custom Boat Work”, is making great progress on our custom swim platform. The past couple of days saw Doug lay in the initial matting preparing for several layers of 1708 fiberglass. The fiberglass is a 45 degree cross-hatched type and provides more strength than the old over-under style of the past.
The mold for Makin Memories new swim platform has begun.Hurricane Irma put the brakes on the process due to the craftsman’s having to evacuate. We dodged a bullet and Doug is back to work and ready to begin. The last swim platform was rotten at its core and we began to notice extreme flex at the port end. The new platform is slightly larger (deeper by 3 and 1/4 inches) and will be raised three inches higher on the transom. I added a couple photos to demonstrate the process.
We hauled out Makin Memories at Pitman’s Yacht Service this morning for a few minor repairs and to measure for a custom swim platform built by Doug Bruce of Custom Boat Works in Tarpon Springs. I always enjoy watching the lift pull Makin Memories out and giving a peek at the bottom and the running gear. She will be on the hard for three or four days giving me a chance to get a few repairs and additional maintenance items completed for the Loop in January.
New DinghyRamps to be added in September with the new swim platform.
We just received our Tokyo Citizen folding bikes for the Great Loop trip beginning in January 2018. We searched for months for the right folding bikes for us, and we believe these fit the bill. We brought our regular bikes with us on the Key West trip and found that they were mostly in the way and awkward to get around on the boat. These two are compact enough when folded that they will fit in the forward cabin and be out of the way.