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Old 11-16-2007
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Way too complicated and way too expensive. Simpler is generally better, especially in a saltwater environment.
Expensive yes but not complicated at all. I had this ladder installed on my boat this summer and it is simple to use and out of the way when not in use.
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zz4gta, I have samiliar ladder to the one you prefer on my Hunter 326. I've a sugar scoop transom so the ladder "stands-off" by the transom edge. If you mount same on your flat transom, do account for hand holds. That ladder will lay flat against your transom, where do you place your fingers ?
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In the latest issue of "Good Old Boat" there is a ladder mod a guy made from rope for his folding stern ladder to make it much easier to use. Rungs deep in the water.

Check it out
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I have the west marine removable style like TB. Put it on the stern and made it semi permanent by placing screws and washers in the "keyhole" mounts.

Here is the test: anchored in Wakiki with big swell running and a 280lb half-drunk rather big guy aboard as a guest. He was able to use the ladder without help! Hooray, no need to rig the MOB tackle!!!

Dont think this would look good on a Merrit 25... but its tested.



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definitely use backing plates as SD suggested. you dont want to stress the hull. I installed one of the swing up spring loaded type on my transom and ended up using wood as a backing plate, works fine. i recommend the stainless but wood will will suffice.
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If you're going to use wood as a backing plate, marine plywood, heavily coated with epoxy is the way to go. Also, use fender washers under the nuts where you through bolt, so the nuts don't dig into the plywood under the strain.
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Giu, that's exactly what I'm talking about. Mounted very low, and even though it was designed to be used horizontal, that vertical installation seems like what I would like to do.

As far as pinching fingers between the transom and ladder, I was going to mount it even lower than Giu's so most of the ladder would be submerged. That way you wouldn't have anything to squish your fingers on.

Thanks for all the replies. Ya'll have been a big help.
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I had one made by whitewater marine last spring. It was an easy install on the transom of my O'Day 27. I thought they were a good group to work with. Very satisfied.
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