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    non-slip trailer platform build

    i read some posts and decided to build a platform to make it easier to launch my skis.

    I grabbed some lumber hanging around the house a few 2x6's and 2x8's (pressure treated of course) and mounted them on the skis to give me something to stand on. we had some U brackets laying around too. pics show how it was done.

    total build time...... 20 minutes

    i was going to carpet it but then we came up with the idea of putting on a non-slip rubber bar mat and usuing outdoor galvanized cable stables to hold it in place. the holes in the bar mat almost fit over the bolts but some minor cutting and it all sits down level.

    can't wait to try it out next month but it's sure to make loading and unloading much easier than standing on the sides of the trailer
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    good idea. i built a walkway on my trailer. but with the carpet i can step on the tops of the u-bolts. the rubber looks high enough where you wont hurt your feet if you step on them. good thinking

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    thanks.

    knowing my luck, i would step on the bolt and cut my foot open. so, i'll be filling in the holes with epoxy just to be safe. I thought about a walk board down the center but my skis sit very close together. once i launch one ski i can then if i need to i can walk on the rails.

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    yea, i have stepped on my bolts and it doesnt feel good. I dont have much room in between my skis either. But when i launch my skis i have someone hold them in the water. The lake levels are way down and the docks are about 3 or 4 feet up. I am anal about my skis and i dont want a scratch on them. So the person holding them in the water can walk right down the walkway instead of hoping from rail to rail. The board was awesome especially when working on the skis or cleaning.

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    nice build!

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    thanks guys. cant wait to test in out next month once it warms up and i get finish tuning my skis up and putting new hydroturf mats on. so, for now it becomes a nice bench..... or a shelf.

    it's either work the skis or, do stuff around the house.

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    heres my 2cents.

    had this amazing Japanese treated hardwood. i used box a coated deck screws and predrilled and counter sunk the holes, looks amazing. now i jsut need to router the edges and it will be done. took me and my buddy about 2 hours to complete. i launch in the ocean and i assume the wood will eventually get a little more slippery with the algea buildup. so a pressure wash every now and then should be fine.
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    *subscribe*

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    Please load pics of your trailers with invented step boards for launching. Am looking for ideas of making one.
    Thx

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