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My Boat Has a Question About Her Swim Ladder
My boat has now taken to throwing the parts at me that she wants fixed--how handy is that? She, working with the stern lines and the wind, fidgeted the screw-in pins out of the swim ladder hinges, leaving the lower section hanging there. A few waves and it would've been in the drink.
But it caught my attention and now I can attend to some rust that was forming at the hinge. Here's the issue: This is a two-part hinged ladder. The lower section sits against the transom folded up pretty much all the time, with it's female hinge part pointing down. Any water intrusion into the stainless tubing appears to have nowhere to go but to sit in those two solid hinge legs--one of them is shown in the pic. Given that each step has 4 holes in its crossbar, and the bottom two or three steps go in the water, I would think some water intrusion is always a possibility.
It's hard to picture sealing the tread screw head side so it never leaks. Should I drill weep holes at the bottom of the tubing where the hinge ends are welded to the tubing?
2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy ~ Steven Wright