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I'd go with one of those if we had a swim platform out the back but we are a transom stern with boarding always midships. I'd like to combine both an emergency ladder with a boarding/swim ladder.
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I'd go with one of those if we had a swim platform out the back but we are a transom stern with boarding always midships. I'd like to combine both an emergency ladder with a boarding/swim ladder.
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Andrew..I am a reverse transom stern....no swim platform. Its connected to the toerail on our starboard side about 23/4 was back to the stern.

You are just looking for an emergency one correct?


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Re: Swim\boarding ladder help

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Andrew..I am a reverse transom stern....no swim platform. Its connected to the toerail on our starboard side about 23/4 was back to the stern.

You are just looking for an emergency one correct?
Dave,
Primarily for boarding, emergency use secondary. I will eventually mount a swim platform on the transom but as that requires relocating the vane steering to offcentre it is not going to happen immediately. Stern platforms are really only useful in still water so decent midships boarding need is paramount. I'd just like it if the boarding ladder(s) could double as emergency boarding.
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That's a nice piece of gear, but I cannot believe they illustrate the point of attachment to be the freakin' LIFELINES... Seriously?





A rescue ladder can be a pretty simple DIY project... A length of Schedule 40 PVC electrical conduit, some non-skid adhesive strips, a length of spectra, a bit of velcro, sew up a storage pouch, done...








One suggestion for a rescue ladder, make it a couple of steps deeper than you think might be necessary, and add some weight to the bottom step... The ladder in Swi-Tec's photo looks like it would be very difficult to climb as shown, and all you really need are the steps of a height sufficient to get your midsection up to the rail, chances are you're not gonna be climbing any higher than that...

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Re: Swim\boarding ladder help

Any flexible ladder is harder to climb than most think. Takes a certain amount of core strength and agility. They certainly don't lend themselves to the typical sailor morphology. Even rigid ladders can be a challenge for some; good standoffs help a lot.

For day-to-day use, you'll want a solution that is pleasant to deploy and climb.

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Re: Swim\boarding ladder help

We had the same problem. You step on the bottom rung and the whole thing wants to swing in under the boat because the ladder is designed for a stink-potter with hard chines. So, the answer is to add another set of swing-out supports. I replaced the machine screw holding the 4th rung on with a longer screw, two washers and length of broomstick. I put a crutches tip on the broomstick and a length of line to keep them at the correct angle. Now, I just unfold the ladder, swing both sets of stand-offs into place and install it on the deck. Stepping on it is safe and secure, no matter what rung you are on.

Now, I'm sure there are more elegant ways to approach this issue, but mine was 30 minutes of labor 4 years ago and mama never noticed the missing broom handle.


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