Bryant Boats introduced the first of what it says is a series of new innovations.
The Sweetwater, Tenn.-based company unveiled the SportPorch extended platform to improve versatility and safety in the sterndrive category. The invention was completed and sea-trial tested by Bryant head of engineering and design John Winter, the company announced.
President and CEO John Dorton set the design criteria for the extended platform to cater both to the recreational boater and the watersports enthusiast.
“The optional extended platform is designed to bolt into the transom of the boat and serve as a social center when the engine is off and the Bryant boat is at anchor and as an additional protection device from the propeller,” Dorton said in a statement.
“Not only will the extended platform offer you additional safety and a place to relax when anchored in a cove, it will also aid in the performance of the boat while under way,” Bryant brand manager Ben Dorton said in a statement.
Once the boat is under way the lowest step of the platform acts as a stationary trim while coming on and off place, keeping the bow of the boat down for better visibility. When on plane, the tab does not contact the water.
The platform consists of four parts — two of which are step-like structures that lead boaters to water level. The other two parts serve as armrests with cupholders and a grab handle. The lower step was designed to fit most skis or wakeboards, and the armrests are designed to maximize users’ relaxation while the engine is turned off.
The unique grill allows for unimpeded boat performance, even with the outdrive trimmed all the way up, the company said.
“It really adds a new level of performance and versatility to sterndrives that has been missing in the category,” Ben Dorton said.
Bryant has a patent pending on the invention, which was unveiled in November at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. The new platform will be installed at the factory and will be offered on the 198 and 210 models.