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Swim\boarding ladder help

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We have a Stearns 5 Step Ladder 5 step boarding ladder (swim ladder) and we are not liking it. We just bought it and tried it out but the steps are round and seem to hurt my feet. I cannot get my toes between the ladder and the hull as the ladder presses against the hull.
We need a rope ladder as a hook ladder will not work for us.
Is there a way to make these ladders work better? Like sticking a fender between the hull and the ladder?
Anyone know of a white in color flat step rope boarding ladder?
We want to use the ladder for getting in and out of our 36’ sail boat using a paddle board or kayak or swimming etc.

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Re: Swim\boarding ladder help

The only way I could make a rope ladder work for me was to hang it from the bow. But the pulpit made it hard for some to board after climbing. Now have a rigid ladder that hangs from brackets on the hull and has standoffs to keep steps away from hull.
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Serious consideration should be given to having a ladder deployable by the person in the water, unassisted as per ABYC.
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Re: Swim\boarding ladder help

What make and model of boat do you have?

The best ladders are transom mounted one that are deployable from the water, always accessible, and which have some small rung pads. You might look at photos online of other boats of the same make and model to see how ladders have been retrofit to those boats.

The ladder that Catalina Direct sells for the Catalina 25 would be easy to retrofit to most boats of about the same freeboard. It is nicely made.

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Custom made for our boat..

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..mounted and movable along the rub rails sail track. Compliments the boat. But not for the faint-of-heart concerning it's cost...
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Custom made for our boat..

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..mounted and movable along the rub rails sail track. Compliments the boat. But not for the faint-of-heart concerning it's cost...

Very nice indeed though yessiree they are a tadge expensive, especially as we'd need two of the buggers. I'd definitely go for the teak treads.

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Very nice indeed though yessiree they are a tadge expensive, especially as we'd need two of the buggers. I'd definitely go for the teak treads.
With the option of purchasing an extra set of mounting hardware the ladder can be placed on either side.
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How about steps made from 2 X 4's with holes near the ends that the rope runs through. The 4" would be wide enough to provide a decent stand off. If not, try a 2 X 6. A knot in the rope would hold each step board in place.
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With the option of purchasing an extra set of mounting hardware the ladder can be placed on either side.
I appreciate that but I'm thinking that as the ladder will be part safety equipment in the case of an MOB I'd want to have one on both sides. MOBs don't always have the option of choosing which side to board from. I'd also want emergency releases accessible from the water.

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We usethe Swi-tec for a MOB emergency ladder accessable from the water.


SWI-TEC Emergency Ladder

Plastimo Quick Launch Safety Ladder

Wichard Emergency Boarding Ladder


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