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post #5 of Old 11-12-2003
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Ladder question

I just had one made this year. It''s a midship track mounted folder ladder three sections 70 inches long with 5 steps.

The standoffs fold in and secures to the top lifeline with room to walk past. I think to get aboard from in the water easily you want a nice step and 70 inches. Not that you can''t get in with less but it makes it comfortable.

Our boat has a transom swim ladder that folds in the middle with not much in the water and we carry a dink on davits too. It means the ladder is useless without deploying the dink. This was not a safe situation. The folder was really my only choice and I wanted it easy to get back aboard.

Here is where one can be had:

Note that the quality of the stainless can drastically effect the price. This one is not inexpensive, but is _really_ well made. A cheap chromed steel one won''t last long.
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