Originally Posted by CaptainForce
are nice for getting aboard from a swim, but for dinghy
access we use the little (approx. 8"x8") pad suspended by four lines
that is in the West Marine catalog. It's very stable and can give you the distance between and rib bladder and the deck to make it an easy step. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
Thanks for this recommendation! I stopped in at a West Marine store in Madison, WI and looked one over. I thought, 'I can do this for under $10!' Then I went home, got a piece of 1x8 lumber, sanded, drilled holes, stained and spar varnished it, and applied 3M non-skid tape. Grabbed a couple of shackles
and some line
and headed for the boat. The result? A very stable, strong step. I'll post photos next time I'm at the boat.
is one continuous line
. It starts with a stop knot in one corner, goes up to a shackle
with a bowline, back down to the same ends' forward corner, then under the step and across to the other forward corner, then up to the other shackle
and a bowline, and then back to the other rear corner with a stop knot underneath. It's fairly easy to adjust to the boat and your hook-in points, just make sure to tie it so that the lines form more of a right triangle than an isosceles triangle...there should be a definate front and back so that the step lies relatively level and tight against the hull.