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Transom ladders

I've recently bought an old Duncans 35 to sail off the South West of WA.... I need to fit a transom ladder. Any advice on brands/styles appreciated. John
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Have you considered a ladder that is installed on the side of the boat as an alternative? I'm not familiar with your boat but sometimes a transom could be a difficult location for mounting a ladder if it is a reverse angle or depending upon it's shape. Keep in mind that a ladder mounted on the transom can be difficult to use if there are waves in the Anchorage and the boat is pitching up and down.

There are stainless steel ladders that are removable and inserted into keys installed on the gunnels by the lifeline Gates allowing access on either side that can be easier to board.

What ever you but make certain it extends below the water a couple of rungs as it makes it so much easier to get out of the water that way.

I'm not certain about brands but an internet search will show you what is available. We got one from West Marine and have been pleased.

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Re: Transom ladders

Here is my set up. 2 wooden steps plus a 4 rung telescopic ladder. It is easy to deploy from the water. two full rungs below the water make it easy to get on to the ladder from the water.

The welding is not top quality and needs to be examined periodically. Expect a life of 3 to 4 years in continuous use.

NB The telescopic section is available on fleabay for 40 to 50 $ US. If you are in the Eastern Caribbean and buy exactly the same 4 rung telescopic ladder it will cost you 289 $ US.
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Re: Transom ladders

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Have you considered a ladder that is installed on the side of the boat as an alternative? I'm not familiar with your boat but sometimes a transom could be a difficult location for mounting a ladder if it is a reverse angle or depending upon it's shape. Keep in mind that a ladder mounted on the transom can be difficult to use if there are waves in the Anchorage and the boat is pitching up and down.

There are stainless steel ladders that are removable and inserted into keys installed on the gunnels by the lifeline Gates allowing access on either side that can be easier to board.

What ever you but make certain it extends below the water a couple of rungs as it makes it so much easier to get out of the water that way.

I'm not certain about brands but an internet search will show you what is available. We got one from West Marine and have been pleased.

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I think a boarding ladder should be permanently installed, not something you dig out of a locker and hang over the side when you want to go swimming.

You should also make sure the ladder can be deployed from in the water. A simple rope hanging down that you can pull to release the ladder does the job.

Depending on the shape of your transom you may have a hard time finding something "off the shelf". You may need to get something custom fabricated.

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Re: Transom ladders

did you mean Duncanson 35 if so you can install one but it will have to be a long one or multiple folding one as it is a high transom from the water

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Re: Transom ladders

It looks like overbored is right that it would tough to mount a swim ladder on a Duncanson 35 because of the high and small transom. Here is a picture of someone who has:
Dunkenson Swim Ladder by jeff_halp, on Flickr


That looks like a custom built ladder. Custom and Semi-custom Ladders are not all that unusual a solution these days. Good luck with your new boat.


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Re: Transom ladders

I would want to load my groceries, propane, jugs, etc...all things...onto the side deck of that boat.
A rope ladder can be clipped on in a few seconds. Make your own wide step or ledge if wanted
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Re: Transom ladders

An ABYC Standard that makes sense...... ladder must be deployable by a person in the water, unassisted.
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