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S.A.F.E. hi-low platform for outboard-powered boats


S.A.F.E.S.A.F.E. is a new hi-low platform for boats powered by outboard engines whose system was designed by Ljubljana-based J&J Design studio and whose lifting mechanism was developed by Turin-based Opacmare.

What does it do?
The platform provides safe and convenient water access on outboard-powered boats.

What is its impact on boating?
S.A.F.E.® is an important improvement in safety and boating experience – in the most representative and promising boating segment.

• Fastest growing and possibly most important boating market worldwide is fun/entertainment/bathing program
• Outboard engines (up to 627 HP each) are predominant and growing, sterndrives (I/O) are dying out

Outboard-powered boats have no safe (propellers) and convenient water access.

S.A.F.E.® Hi-Low Lifting Platform for outboard powered boats.

How does it work?
S.A.F.E.® creates a private full-beam beach/private island on the transom of the boat adjusted to 3 levels by a new design of electro-hydraulic lifting mechanism:

S.A.F.E. platform low position
1. Low: when the boat is at the anchor, the platform upper face is appr. 10 cm underwater level
S.A.F.E. platform ride position
2. Ride: when the boat is sailing the platform is levelled with the cockpit
S.A.F.E. platform high position
3. High: to allow the engine to be trimmed out of the water

S.A.F.E. is synchronized with the outboard trim system of main outboard engines makes:

  • When the platform is underwater the engines cannot be started
  • When the engines are running the platform cannot be lowered
  • When the platform is in HIGH configuration, the engines can be trimmed up


  • Single / Double / Triple / Quad engines
  • Monohull / Catamaran
  • For boats up to 50ft

S.A.F.E.® features and benefits

  • Complete safety from propeller danger.
  • Easy water access: children and elderly come easy in and out of the water without the need for a bathing ladder
  • Easy and safe dock access on high position: platform on level with the floating pontoon
  • Small tender and water toys can be easily lifted out of the water
  • Deck area increased over 30%
  • Private island area at the stern
  • Stabilization of boat at rest with the platform in the lower position
  • Better protection of outboard engines during docking
  • Improved sport-fishing ability: walk-around on the stern
  • Joystick manoeuvring preserved
  • Deck access steps integrated with the system (self-adjusting)
  • Emergency kick-up function preserved by a dedicated hatch in the platform
  • Prop cleaning or replacement easy through a dedicated hatch in the platform
  • Smartphone remote activation


J&J Design
Igriska 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
contact Japec Jakopin, E-mail:

Via Luigi Einaudi, 150-154, 10040 Rivalta (To), Italy
contact Roberto Sacco, E-mail:


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