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Re: Why is this a bad idea?

I had that same thought, Alex. Did you see the folding platforms?
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Re: Why is this a bad idea?

Sorry, I missed the folding ones. I actually went back through and still didn't see them.

To answer something else that came up: I did snorkel off of my C-25 ladder a few times. I used fins with booties and put the fins and mask around one arm as I went down the ladder. Put on the fins and mask in the water. To climb out I did the reverse and tossed the gear into the cockpit before climbing in. The booties make the C-25 stairs less annoying.

This would be a lot harder with scuba, but not so bad if your dive buddy got in the water first with no gear, you passed gear down, and then got into the water and put it on. A pain compared to a dive boat, but not that bad.

The other style of ladder that I showed would make it a lot easier since you don't need to haul stuff up and over the stern pulpit. The ladder on my Pearson is also much wider than the C-25 ladder (I'd guess another 6").
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Re: Why is this a bad idea?

Alex,
The links to the folding platforms are in post number 14 in this thread , which you should be able to see here.

But here's a picture of what I meant:


I like your idea of passing the stuff down to your dive buddy. Getting out, when you're tired, could be more exciting. And I like the Pearson's rail and ladder; that's much better than the C25's. I'm 99% sure the 25's rail actually leaned out, which made climbing over it very awkward. The cleat location made it really hard for my kids to climb under it, too. So, we're looking forward to a new solution!

Thanks for the pointer to Catalina Direct for the ladder "steps".
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Re: Why is this a bad idea?

Generically it's a fine idea, except the C25 has a transom hung rudder. Where does your rudder go when the back of the boat is filled with those beautiful steps?

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Re: Why is this a bad idea?

I don't have my C25 any more, but that's an excellent question. That's why I liked this platform:


Now, realistically, on the C25 I had an outboard, too, so I could only have hung one of the little platorms on the port side, but still, it's a neat solution.
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