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OK, have any of the suggestions helped you decide how to get on your boat safely?
Owners Group; maybe they have some suggestion. Pan Oceanic Owners Group - POG


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It may be hookey or unsafe but I can picture an 8ft step ladder (without the front legs) mounted on welded up brackets and hinges or hooks so it stays put. and it angles sideways on the transom and is low enough to step onto a platform also on the transom that folds out. Allot of work but it seems you really need a solution.

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It may be hookey or unsafe but I can picture an 8ft step ladder (without the front legs) mounted on welded up brackets and hinges or hooks so it stays put. and it angles sideways on the transom and is low enough to step onto a platform also on the transom that folds out. Allot of work but it seems you really need a solution.
Double ender, Denise.. makes any kind of transom platform a bit of a challenge...

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Mystic Stainless...

I have enjoyed reading all the communication on this post. Beautiful vessel you have but I am a bit confused if you are trying to board from the side or the canoe stern. It would seem to me that you could tie your dink along side with the dink now laying alongside of the mother ship. One thing sort of stable...

Mystic Stainless makes a ladder that mounts to your rail and folds down, in a zigzag fashion extending as far as you need. There are hold offs for the ladder itself so its sits out from the hull. When folded up, the ladder can be tied or attached to the lifelines so it is tidy and out of the way. Since it is always attached to the rail, it is fairly easy to extend and pull back up. It seems to me that you could let is hang down when away from the boat by dink for your return since it seems that you would not be able to reach up to pull it down once down in the dinghy.

Mystic Stainless has a nice web site where you can view their products. They are not inexpensive but the product is of high quality and can be put on either side of your vessel. The fender step is a sweet, easy solution but seems too short for your needs.

Good luck in your problem solving. That is one of the things that make boating so much fun.

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If a couple of those fender ladders don't do it, I would suggest that you get a good stainless ladder that goes low enough and has standoffs long enough to give you a comfortable angle. There are ready-made ones out there, but you may need to go custom to get it right.

An alternative solution--and I can't believe some of the smart arses here haven't suggested it--is to just never get off your boat

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Narrowed it down to 2 options

Thank you all for all of your wonderful feedback!

I think I'm going to try the fender steps - my only concern would be if they're slippery when wet? To those that suggested/have used them - are they? If so, did you just apply some anti-skid tape?

The other option is this ladder: 5-Step Rail Mounted Boat Ladder - Norestar - which 1) is not a swinging ladder 2) braces up against the side of the boat 3) is nearly 5 feet tall and so should meet at the side of the dinghy when pulled up to the boat and 4) keeps me away from that short, swinging, transom ladder (which puts me on my knees on the back platform = NOT a good thing with a crushed kneecap!!).

And the best part is both options are under $100! Woohoo!

Thanks again - you guys/gals are wonderful and have such great advice!
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I know the canoe (double ender) stern might give a problem but you still should be able to get a fold able SS stand of ladder mounted somewhere on the rear quarter side of the boat. and when long enough (two steps below water level) you can use it for swimming also. I have a set-up like that on my stern but my stern is flat. See my avatar

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Double ender, Denise.. makes any kind of transom platform a bit of a challenge...
Oh, the one I looked at had a transom. Maybe she needs a entry hatch cut into the hull!

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CChelle - You should board at the lowest point on the side of the boat. A rigid ladder that is comfortable and safe for you to climb can be made from Stainless Steel, but there are wooden versions which may be less costly to acquire or build. What you are looking for is a ladder that form fits the curvature of the boat and extends out at the bottom enough to allow you lean in as you climb up. It should also have a bottom section that will fold down below the water so your foot can reach the bottom step while you are in the water. Usually the ladder is removable and hooks over a toe rail. A pattern of the ladder sides can be drawn up and cut out of cardboard. The pattern can then be used to trace the ladder configuration on the wood. Special custom equipment like this will soon make her your boat. Good Luck.
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" my only concern would be if they're slippery when wet? "
We've never slipped on ours, even here in the soggy PNW (snow or ice we don't use it). Keep it inflated well, not tight but firm. Your boat is a Brewer design isn't it?

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