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The Safe-Launch Platform allows individuals with physical disabilities to safely and easily take part in the joy of kayaking and allows beginners to learn the skills of launching and exiting their kayak without the fear of ending up in the water. The Safe-Launch Platform is available in 8′ and 12′ models and can be added as an accessory to any AccuDock® Kayak Slip dock or the Drive-thru Kayak Dock.
Safe-Launch Platform Parts List
(1) Safe-Launch Platform 8′ or 12′
(2) Cleat Plates
(2) Line Retainer Loops
(1) Adjustment Line
Assembly with two people will take less than an hour.
Remove the two bolts from the frame of the float, which the SAFE-LAUNCH PLATFORM “HINGE PLATE” will be attached to.
The Safe-Launch Platform may already be attached to the third position of the hinge plate at the time of shipping depending on availability of shipping space if it is not attached, attach it prior to STEP 2.
Position the Safe-Launch Platform so that the holes line up and replace the removed bolts with the longer bolts and tighten in place.
Run the adjustment rope thru the retainer hoops and tie off to the cleats allowing the entry end of the Safe-Launch Platform to sit about 12 inches down from the walking surface of the floating dock.
Your SAFE-LAUNCH PLATFORM is installed.
The platform has two areas that can be adjusted, the 4 position hinge plate and the entry end of the platform with the adjustable rope to the cleats.
Generally, the hinge plate will work best in position three, however the this will depend based on the kayak size and weight of kayaker. Do not adjust this end until you have adjusted the entry end of the platform.
If adjustment is necessary, loosen bolts and move to the next position up or down and re-insert and tighten
The main adjustment of the platform will be on the entry end of the Safe-Launch Platform. Simply raise or lower the platform until you have the correct amount of slant.
A kayak sitting stably on the platform (not floating away) but with enough water under it, so that you can easily move yourself in and out of the slip, with very little effort. You should be able to step into and stand up in your kayak. If there is too much water under your kayak – so that it floats too much, and you can’t stand stably in your kayak – raise the platform up by shortening the line to the cleats. You just don’t want to lift it too high so that there is too little water under the kayak to allow you to slide in and out of the slip easily.
Stand up easily – without tipping
Slide in and out easily.
You can see that in the example picture above, the water only covers about 3′ of the 8′ long SAFE-LAUNCH PLATFORM.
When you are done using your Safe-Launch Platform, raise the platform up and tie it off so that it is not sitting in the water. This keeps the entry point clean as this is the portion that you kayak rolls across when entering and exiting the kayak.
View the video below to see how easy it is to slide in and out of the Safe-Launch
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