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Bruceo1 04-01-2003 06:57 AM

Dinghy boarding ladder
Does anyone know of a way to make getting out of the water and into a dinghy easier? When we go snorkeling, my wife has a very difficult time getting back into the dinghy.



DuaneIsing 04-01-2003 08:12 AM

Dinghy boarding ladder

One trick we learned fast was to leave your fins on. A few agressive thrusts with the fins, coupled with the arms on the dinghy side (tubes or gunwale) and we had no trouble.

Alternatively, you can rig a stout line (knotted is best) from the opposite gunwale, across the top, then down into the water with a bowline loop for a foothold. Rigged at the right height, your wife can insert her (unfinned) foot, grab the knotted line, and hoist herself aboard. It might take someone else on the side opposite of your wife to prevent the dinghy from flipping over on her.

I''m sure you''ll figure something out. Good luck.


chuckg 04-05-2003 09:45 AM

Dinghy boarding ladder
Edson makes a really nice boarding ladder called a one step that makes it much easier to get in and out of a dinghy. It is basically a cast aluminum step that comes with some ropes and snap shackles and loops around a stanchion or whatever else you wanted to use in the cockpit. When you are on the boat, you just store it in a cockpit lazarette. I think Sailnet sells them or if not you can call Edson for more info as to where to get it.

kokopelli9 04-05-2003 01:24 PM

Dinghy boarding ladder
I used a "one step" years ago on a small sailboat I worked great. Still took some effort, but definitely not as much. Certainly worth looking into.


RichardElliott 04-05-2003 06:40 PM

Dinghy boarding ladder
I don''t think you understand. I believe that they want to board the dinghy from the water.

chuckg 04-06-2003 06:11 AM

Dinghy boarding ladder
If all else fails, It is preferable to board a small boat, inflatable or rigid, over the transom as the boat is much more stable fore and aft than it it is athwartships. The one step ladder can definately be utilized to get in and out of a dinghy as it can be tied off to a seat and then stowed much more easily than a ladder with multiple steps. It is also much easier to step on than a rope with a bowline tied to the end.

knothead 04-09-2003 05:18 AM

Dinghy boarding ladder
I have a product that I believe is not produced anymore but probably could be copied pretty easily. It was made specifically for boarding inflatables.
If you would like to contact me for more info, please feel free.(

foxglove 04-16-2003 01:31 PM

Dinghy boarding ladder
I have the same problem. I''ve thought of tying one end of a three or four step ladder to the side of the dink and tying some kind of light flotation to the other. When I want to board the dink, I would swim to the floating end of the ladder and sink it under my weight then climb the ladder. I would lash the ladder to the side of the dink when not in use. Could it work?

hamiam 04-17-2003 06:16 AM

Dinghy boarding ladder
I saw something in West Marine that may help you guys; i think it is called the swim stirrup. Basically it is a loop of webbing that hangs over the edge of the dinghy. You put your foot in the loop and climb aboard. It could also be made easily enough.

jakekells 02-07-2007 02:52 PM

Put the motor in the water if not already and step on the stalblizer fin and up into the boat. A long-shaft motor is a plus!

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