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Midship Swim / Boarding Ladder

Any suggestions on where to find a good quality, removable, folding swim ladder in either stainless or teak that can be hung from the genoa track?

I am looking for something that would be sturdy, and can be quickly and easily mounted and removed from the track. I am guessing it would fold twice and leave a couple of steps under the surface of the water.

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

There was a similar thread in 2003, but it focused on permanently mounted solutions.
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What I used was a six rung folding ladder from West Marine . . . think it costs just over 150.00, but of a very high quality.





I didn't mount to the genoa track, but instead secured the (2) SS clips (supplied) to the top of my teak toerail. We have them on both sides for flexibility. Works very well and sits well below the water surface for easy egress . . . great since I scubadive often from the boat.
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It would help to know how much freeboard and what size boat you're talking about. A swim ladder isn't much good if you can't reach it—and one that is good for a Cape Dory 25, probably doesn't work that well on a Formosa 41.

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It is for a Tartan 34C. I am not sure what the exact freeboard is.
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One of these should work, the six-rung is what we use:






http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...llpartial/30/0

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Do make sure to get one that has the legs that stand it off from the hull, otherwise, you'll find that the ladder is almost impossible to climb without them.
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Thanks. I think that ladder will suit my needs well.
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It would probably be very easy to modify the ladder to mount to a genoa track car.

What I would do is get two padeye-type genoa cars and then cut a slot into the bottom of the tubing on the top of the swim ladder to fit over the padeyes.

Then drill a 1/4" hole through the tubing that passes through the center of the padeye.

If you insert a 1/4" fast pin, it wil hold the ladder in place.

This makes the ladder easy to move around the boat, and allows you to securely mount the ladder, while allowing you to easily remove the ladder without any tools.

I use a similar setup on one of the mast rests for my boat.
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Nice job sailingdog - that would work very well. But, Earl may just find that by simply screwing the SS mounting brackets, that come with each ladder, to his Tartan 34C teak toe rail, it will be less expensive and easier than mounting to (2) track cars.

Each top end of the gooseneck ladder tubing has a round head SS bolt which is unscrewed just enough to insert into keyed slots on the brackets. We find the brackets to be well made, attractive and of a low profile. Additionally, the hinged stand-offs are extra long and can be cut to adapt to his boat's hull profile.






It's also possible that his Genoa tracks are set in too far from the gunnels to clear the toe rail. He will need to consider all options for the best approach.
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Nice job sailingdog - that would work very well. But, Earl may just find that by simply screwing the SS mounting brackets, that come with each ladder, to his Tartan 34C teak toe rail, it will be less expensive and easier than mounting to (2) track cars.

Each top end of the gooseneck ladder tubing has a round head SS bolt which is unscrewed just enough to insert into keyed slots on the brackets. We find the brackets to be well made, attractive and of a low profile. Additionally, the hinged stand-offs are extra long and can be cut to adapt to his boat's hull profile.

It's also possible that his Genoa tracks are set in too far from the gunnels to clear the toe rail. He will need to consider all options for the best approach.
True... but he did say something about mounting the ladder to the genny tracks in his original post.
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