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02-25-2012 12:15 PM
jrd22 Ha! and I bet there were more than a few "malfunctions with the rigging, causing a delay" while the ladies were part way up the side too.
02-25-2012 11:55 AM
deniseO30 Musta been a sight.. hoop skirts in the wind and the sailors ah lookin up! Now that's why the ladies of the day wore pantaloons!
02-25-2012 10:58 AM
Boasun As in the olden days. Senor Officers and Ladies wearing the dresses of that period, were lifted aboard in Bo'sun's chairs. So have your hubby set to it.
02-24-2012 09:26 PM
Faster These may be pricey, but clicking around their offerings it looks like there's a reasonably compact folding mechanism and it provides stairs rather than ladder, and a dinghy platform at water level. Even if these guys are out of range (they seem to cater to the big boys), a good fabricator might be able to get some ideas for something similar but scaled to your needs.

It should fold up alongside your current railing amidships when not needed....

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02-24-2012 08:30 PM
EJO & jrd22

EJO - thanks again (I got your comment regarding the bottom on facebook/Sovereign Adventures).

jrd22 - yep, it's a Brewer design - funny thing when you go to the Pan oceanic site, our boat is not there are the only ones listed have a pilot house (ours does not).

For an actual picture of the boat just go to Sovereign Adventures | Facebook I posted a picture today (it's the one one entitled, pretty but big!)
and since it's a public page you don't actually have to have a facebook account to view it (although if you have a facebook account then I invite you to "like" our page while you're there).

After reading everyone's comments I have determined that the swinging transom ladder is way too short as it's a couple/few feet from the waterline, and so that's part of the problem - however even if it were long enough I still wouldn't use it right now because doing so puts me on my knees on the back platform (because the solar panel sits low) and considering my current knee condition, well, that just isn't happening!

I really do appreciate each of your replies & for taking the time to help!
02-24-2012 05:35 PM
jrd22 " 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?
02-24-2012 05:14 PM
Cherie320 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.
02-24-2012 04:39 PM
Originally Posted by Faster View Post
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!
02-24-2012 04:05 PM
EJO 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
02-24-2012 03:30 PM
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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