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    Posted: 22 February 2021 at 07:46
Very happy owner of a new to me 2013 445. Have been replacing some worn parts and are now looking at the transom swim platform.  

How easy/hard should it be to lower and lift the platform back into the locked position after use?  I have davits and our dinghy hanging off the back, so I lose some leverage when trying to raise the platform with that in place. Under most cases the dinghy would be down while using the platform for things one uses a bathing platform for so I can lean over and get a better angle to pull up the transom.  However, itís still pretty heavy and difficult to manage without 2 people. I donít think my wife or kids would be able to handle it.  Also, when lowering it, without a firm grasp on the lines it can easily slip and slam down.  

There is a strut, but Iím not sure it is functional. Before I order a new one (https://hanse.boatoon.com/en/shop/article/23407/Tension-spring-Z10-28-V4A-800N), I wanted to check and see how others handle the transom, if a new strut would help, and/or any other ways you manage raising and lowering the platform. 




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Hi ....,

why don't you use a purchase like you find for the main sheet on smalller boats. I am using it on my 345 and it makes raising the platform easy. The purchase is attached to the pushpit.

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Before you order a replacement strut from
Hanse, check the aftermarket. In the US an outfit called McMaster-Carr sells most every gas strut imaginable, for significantly less than Hanse. Might be worth a try. 
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Originally posted by Fendant Fendant wrote:

Hi ....,

why don't you use a purchase like you find for the main sheet on smalller boats. I am using it on my 345 and it makes raising the platform easy. The purchase is attached to the pushpit.

BR

I use the same system both for closing and opening the , very convenient 

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Good suggestions all, thank you.  The purchase is a great idea.

@kipwrite - even the most expensive strut McMaster-Carr has is less than 1/2 of the Boatoon one.  I'm going to be looking there to see about getting some to add to the lazarettes, even if I don't find a good one for the transom.


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I have a stainless strut from McMaster on the aft lazarette hatch on my 505, a replacement for the original which rusted. Itís working well. 

The McMaster site is quite thorough. You may need some new fittings, and some time to go through all the variables involved in selecting the right replacement strut. Itís possible getting a beefier strut will help with what sounds like added weight on the transom door. 

On my 505, I can raise and lower the transom by hand fairly easily, without any purchase assistance. 


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