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Custom Installation on a 50-Foot Motor Yacht

This sequence of photos shows how our customer in Florida, Derrick Dorsey, installed one of our Tilt-Up PWC Rails on his 50-Foot Motor Yacht.

Like so many yachts of this type, and unlike traditional aluminum-hull houseboats, it doesn’t have a welded aluminum swim deck adequate to support the cantilevered down-force of a full size PWC. The swim platform is about 2 feet front-to-back and bolted onto the hull. It just doesn’t come close to providing the necessary support by itself. But that didn’t stop Derrick. He added a gusset support under the swim platform, and cable-suspended support from his upper transom.

We want to thank Derrick for sharing these pictures which can provide a solution for other yachts and cruisers that have the same challenge.

In the next picture, you will see how Derrick supports the weight from above. He added a bar under the Rails that is wider than his PWC and is suspended to connections up above. The added “walk-way” allows Derrick to walk out to the end of his Rails and lift up on the winch rope to raise the front of his PWC to engage the curved entry of the Rails



The support cables have adjustable tensioners so they can be tightened to support more weight.


Before the Frame was attached, Derrick had to open up the inside of the transom wall so he could include the two angle brackets to spread out the load on the wall.

Notice in the next picture the angle of the Frame which is mounted flush to the transom wall. It is not necessary that the Mounting Frame be vertical.

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