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MarkCK 02-12-2010 01:51 PM

dinghy ladder
I have been looking at a couple of dinghy type ladders for my boat. There isnt enough room on the transom to mount a traditional ladder. I have found a couple of ladders that will probably work. Has anyone used any of these ladders before?

1. Up-n-out dinghy ladder

Up-N-Out Marine Ladders - Dinghy Models

2. seadog boarding ladder

Cabelas also has a cheap boarding ladder that looks similar to the seadog.

I would prefer to go with the low cost altnernative. I also dont want to buy the cheap one-figure out that it is worthless and then buy a more expensive one that actually works.

MarkCK 03-02-2010 01:32 PM

So evidently no one has any thoughts on these particular ladders. Does anyone have a cheap tie on ladder that they like?

christyleigh 03-02-2010 01:45 PM

The folding type rope ladder is totally useless. As soon as you put any weight on it the bottom rung heads under the boat. Notice the Stand-Off in the folding stainless one...... that maybe has a chance of working. The picture of the woman easily climbing into a dingy with a rope ladder is either trick still shots or she is a gymnast. Maybe because the dingy is so low you can get you center of balance over it easier but until you do your feet will instantly go underneath the dingy or boat.

75R20 03-02-2010 02:15 PM

You might look at a boarding/swim ladder from a Catalina 22. That is what several of us use on the smaller transom boats. It is spendy at ~$ 200.00 but you get what you pay for.
Good Luck
S/V Mariah

MarkCK 03-03-2010 06:52 AM

I tried building my own rope ladder. I had the problem with the bottom rung giong under the boat. I had to go back to the drawing board.

Is the Catalina ladder one that attaches the transom or do they have some sort of side mount.

WanderingStar 03-03-2010 07:21 AM

I bought a thing called "One Step". It hangs from my chainplates, is reasonably priced, and works well. It also stows easily. It's just a square of hard plastic on four lines with snap hooks.

MarkCK 03-03-2010 07:35 AM

Is there more information on the "one step" ladder on the web anywhere?

billangiep 03-03-2010 07:37 AM

another solution ? use the outboards foot for your first step then mount an addition single step to the transom ?

bljones 03-03-2010 08:06 AM

75R20 03-03-2010 09:24 AM

The Catalina ladder uses a pivoting mount with standoff's and has a footprint that is ~11" across with the pivots through bolting with three 1/4" bolts per side. It swings/folds up against the transom when not in use and velcros to the stern rail. Try Catalina Direct for the part # or a pic. I like mine. The ladder has high quality plastic type steps so they don't hurt your feet. The rest is all good stainless and the welds are very nice.
S/V Mariah

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