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post #29 of Old 02-24-2012
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CChelle - You should board at the lowest point on the side of the boat. A rigid ladder that is comfortable and safe for you to climb can be made from Stainless Steel, but there are wooden versions which may be less costly to acquire or build. What you are looking for is a ladder that form fits the curvature of the boat and extends out at the bottom enough to allow you lean in as you climb up. It should also have a bottom section that will fold down below the water so your foot can reach the bottom step while you are in the water. Usually the ladder is removable and hooks over a toe rail. A pattern of the ladder sides can be drawn up and cut out of cardboard. The pattern can then be used to trace the ladder configuration on the wood. Special custom equipment like this will soon make her your boat. Good Luck.
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