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01-21-2013 09:30 AM
FoggyBottom
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

I was looking to do the same thing on our Pearson 26. Found this ladder and it's 5-steps so should easily have at least a couple rungs in the water.

Norestar Stainless Steel 5-Step Transom/Stern Boat Ladder : Boat Ladders
01-20-2013 03:55 PM
guitarguy56
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

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Originally Posted by jrophoff View Post
i think the one you picked out will work well for me too. I'll be ordering soon!
+1
01-20-2013 03:53 PM
jrophoff
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

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Originally Posted by guitarguy56 View Post
I'm pretty sure you do not want to use the outboard as a ladder to get on and off the boat... the mounts for these outboards are not that structurally sound for the additional weight (150-200 lbs or more constantly on the engine ie. more than one person?) and eventually the mount will fail... or at least weaken a most important part of the boat... the transom!

I just ordered my ladder and hopefully comes in this week... I'm sure it's well made... the storing capability allows for keeping the ladder out of sight rather than getting it stolen... and it's out of the way when not in use... I'm sure I made the right choice and sure you'll make the right choice too.
I think the one you picked out will work well for me too. I'll be ordering soon!
01-20-2013 03:11 PM
guitarguy56
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

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Originally Posted by jrophoff View Post
You would have to explain that one. is the motor up /down, do you use the power head, place your foot on the lower unit?



I went to the boat yesterday and ruled that out... Unfortunately, the stern rail is bolted on the back of the boat where you would install the ladder. I think I'm going to go with the one guitarguy suggested.
I'm pretty sure you do not want to use the outboard as a ladder to get on and off the boat... the mounts for these outboards are not that structurally sound for the additional weight (150-200 lbs or more constantly on the engine ie. more than one person?) and eventually the mount will fail... or at least weaken a most important part of the boat... the transom!

I just ordered my ladder and hopefully comes in this week... I'm sure it's well made... the storing capability allows for keeping the ladder out of sight rather than getting it stolen... and it's out of the way when not in use... I'm sure I made the right choice and sure you'll make the right choice too.
01-20-2013 02:50 PM
jrophoff
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

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Originally Posted by Lake Superior Sailor View Post
On outboard powered boats we used the out board to get on the boat, no ladder, I do the same with my dinghy......Dale
You would have to explain that one. is the motor up /down, do you use the power head, place your foot on the lower unit?

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Originally Posted by tschmidty View Post
Gaerlick has some options that are reasonably priced.

Garelick Eez-In (this url hates me)

Here is something similar but I don't know what the mounting hardware looks like.

Folding Platform Ladder 3 Step

For installation, I'd always out some kind of backer instead of just washers, there can be significant loads on a boarding ladder.

I'd also recommend one that mounts permanently and can be deployed from the water, it really is a huge safety feature. A ladder that lives in a cockpit locker does you zero good when you are overboard. I could 'sort of' see having an short 'emergency' transom ladder and then a longer ladder that hooks on the side for other situations (boarding from the side in waves can be easier) but that seems silly compared to just having one that is always available.
I went to the boat yesterday and ruled that out... Unfortunately, the stern rail is bolted on the back of the boat where you would install the ladder. I think I'm going to go with the one guitarguy suggested.
01-19-2013 09:21 PM
jrophoff
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

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Originally Posted by andrewalexander View Post
hoff....here are a couple of shots of a transom ladder on my Irwin 25. I don't know the manufacturer...sorry, but it can give you an idea what can be done

....@



I went out to look at my boat, and the stern setup will not work... My stern rail is bolted on the stern differently from yours.

Off topic question 20" or 25" shaft?
01-19-2013 09:12 PM
tschmidty
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

Gaerlick has some options that are reasonably priced.

http://www.garelick.com/Transom-Boarding-Ladders (this url hates me)

Here is something similar but I don't know what the mounting hardware looks like.

http://marinepartdepot.com/foplla3st.html

For installation, I'd always out some kind of backer instead of just washers, there can be significant loads on a boarding ladder.

I'd also recommend one that mounts permanently and can be deployed from the water, it really is a huge safety feature. A ladder that lives in a cockpit locker does you zero good when you are overboard. I could 'sort of' see having an short 'emergency' transom ladder and then a longer ladder that hooks on the side for other situations (boarding from the side in waves can be easier) but that seems silly compared to just having one that is always available.
01-19-2013 08:55 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

On outboard powered boats we used the out board to get on the boat, no ladder, I do the same with my dinghy......Dale
01-19-2013 04:47 PM
rhr1956
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

I installed the deck brackets just forward of the shrouds. The ladder clips into the deck brackets and folds down so there are two or three rungs under water. It's very easy to climb aboard using the shrouds as a hand hold.
WEST MARINE P012868550 at West Marine
01-19-2013 12:42 AM
jrophoff
Re: boarding ladder ideas 25 ft boat (Irwin 25)

Thanks Andrew - Is that something you installed? Is there a backing plate where the ladder is bolted on, or is the transom more than capable without a backing plate?
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