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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.