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Old 10-18-2010
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Boarding ladder- is it any good?

Is your boarding ladder fit for purpose?
I normally use one of those blow up fender type steps for getting aboard from my dingy along side.
However I also have a nice stainless ladder which drops down over the stern-my boat has both a high freeboard and canoe stern.Always assumed that if either I went for a swim or just plain fell over the side I would be able to reboard using the ladder.
Several weeks ago whilst on the hard I put it over the side whilst I did some varnishing.Forgetting I had left it down I was ready to leave the boat but realising it was down and thought that it was just what an opportunist thief needed.
Not to worry as there was no way I could get onto the ladder with my chest at what would be waterline as the rungs did not drop deep enough.
I have now added several extra rungs and will possibly add a couple of foot loops which will double as a means of pulling the ladder down if I ever fall in whilst ladder is secured folded up agaist safety rail.
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