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Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

Hi All,

I just boat a 1974 O'Day 20 in decent condition (for its age...) with trailer and outboard for under $1000. I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on a ladder for a <$1000 boat.

Does anyone have any good suggestions? I'd like to be able to let the kids go for a swim, but they're too little to climb back on board. Under ideal conditions I could probably haul myself in. I'm also concerned about MOB recovery without good footing below the water line...
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

Take a look at some rope ladders. I went that route and found one online for less than $50. It also stows away very nice.
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

I too would suggest a rope ladder, you could even make one yourself with old rope, and some scrap wood if you want hard steps.
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

I just use a $30 bass pro swim ladder. It works great. I do like the idea of a rope ladder, would be a lot easier to store. Id love to see a picture of that $1000 boat, that's what I paid for my boat, trailer and motor. However Ive put a lot more into it since then.
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

I was able to find a used ladder at a resell shop.

I was going to add teak steps to transom, I may still add a teak swim platform, (or fiberglass in a cheaper wood).
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

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I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on a ladder for a <$1000 boat.

Does anyone have any good suggestions? I'd like to be able to let the kids go for a swim, but they're too little to climb back on board. Under ideal conditions I could probably haul myself in. I'm also concerned about MOB recovery without good footing below the water line...
With knowledge of a recent disaster of a dad taking his kids out to sail and 2 of them dying. I would suggest you PLEASE put safety on top of all your decisions. A fold up attached ladder would be safer for all concerned. It is dam difficult to get back into a boat! Try it under controlled conditions then think if the conditions were just even a little worse. Also, a running outboard can pop into gear and it's next to the ladder....
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I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on a ladder for a <$1000 boat.
How about spending several hundred bucks for your kids' (and your) safety?
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

diy rope ladder is one solution but they are HARD to use as your feet disappear under the boat and you do need good upper body strength to get to the climbing aboard stage.

Another option would be to buy a short aluminium ladder $25 tie it to the toe rail and use a fender to keep it off the side of the boat.
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

I have a stainless steel ladder that I took out of my Catalina 22 that you can have for the shipping cost.
PM me if interested.
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Re: Inexpensive Swim Ladder?

Here's a picture of it before I bought the boat.



Let me know.... I hate to throw it away.....
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