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Re: swim ladder- sailboat
I build a lot of such ladders out of sch 40 stainles pipe, not the flimsy extruded tinfoil most commercially made ones are made of. Plastic ones are even flimsier.
Sch 40 stainless type 316 pipe is aroungd $1.50 a pound in scrapyards, and it is not hard to cut the parts out with a hacksaw or zip cut, and have it welded up . The only way to get a really good one is to build your own, just like with oarlocks.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"