Swingback layout

KansasHawk

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Hi all,
I'm looking at purchasing a Benny and wanted to get some feedback concerning the Swingback rail options.

Have two kids ages 8 and 6 so we would be getting one in the swingback option. Does anyone have any feedback on the Stainless Steel Aft Rail With Dual Gates (S/L) VS
Stainless Steel Swingback Keeper Rail?

We would be using the boat for water sports and lounging. Thanks!
 

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Welcome ! Swingback owners will chime in. Or maybe search upper right hand corner for a quick answer.
 

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Hi all,
I'm looking at purchasing a Benny and wanted to get some feedback concerning the Swingback rail options.

Have two kids ages 8 and 6 so we would be getting one in the swingback option. Does anyone have any feedback on the Stainless Steel Aft Rail With Dual Gates (S/L) VS
Stainless Steel Swingback Keeper Rail?

We would be using the boat for water sports and lounging. Thanks!
I replied to the PM with insights on our thoughts with our swingback with the Keeper Rail. Good luck deciding.
 

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I've had boats with the standard rail and now the dual aft gates rail. The dual gates rail allows people to move around on and to the swingback easier, but it does make the extended deck area less open. I like the dual gates but I'm not sure I would order it (boat was a dealer stock). I like the looks of the boat from the outside better with the standard rail.

With all this said, I'm not sure I've really helped you any!
 

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I spend more time on the stern deck than the bow - whether trolling/reeling fish, jumping in the water with the kids, taking a leak, hanging out, tying off my rear spring lines in the slip, tying off the dock line to the stern cleat when fueling, etc. - so that full rail would be a constant obstacle and limit functionality significantly.

On the other hand, the keeper is not as confidence-inspiring as a full cage to keep the kids contained while running. I'm always looking back to make sure their butts are planted instead of hanging or crawling on the rail lest they end up going for a swim at 50mph. Then again, they could do the same with the full cage.

If possible try to set foot on one of each, or check out some videos like the one here - roughly the 3-3:30 minute mark the salesman goes aft.

I love the openness of my boat, but for some that may be viewed as a hazard. I think with little kids it's an important consideration.

 

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I have the rail keep that goes right around the seat as it was the only option when we purchased the boat. With a 1 & 3 yr old I am not a huge fan of them being back there when under power as I would prefer to have eyes on them all the time. That being said they do sit back there with their mom from time to time and I prefer the "old" style as it is more constrained if you will. We do not really find it to be a pain when anchored like some folks do but again that is how we built the boat so we do not know any better....

I do really like the new style one but I keep my cooler in the rear port corner of the boat which you wouldnt be able to do with the new one or at least it does not appear like you would be able to. Not a deal breaker by any means, just preference.
 

KansasHawk

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I replied to the PM with insights on our thoughts with our swingback with the Keeper Rail. Good luck deciding.
I spend more time on the stern deck than the bow - whether trolling/reeling fish, jumping in the water with the kids, taking a leak, hanging out, tying off my rear spring lines in the slip, tying off the dock line to the stern cleat when fueling, etc. - so that full rail would be a constant obstacle and limit functionality significantly.

On the other hand, the keeper is not as confidence-inspiring as a full cage to keep the kids contained while running. I'm always looking back to make sure their butts are planted instead of hanging or crawling on the rail lest they end up going for a swim at 50mph. Then again, they could do the same with the full cage.

If possible try to set foot on one of each, or check out some videos like the one here - roughly the 3-3:30 minute mark the salesman goes aft.

I love the openness of my boat, but for some that may be viewed as a hazard. I think with little kids it's an important consideration.

Thanks for the response and great video!
 
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