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Re: proof i am not a goddess

And there is also the aspect of not wanting the boat to be easily boarded from the water.

Windvane eliminated the nice ladder off the stern...so its there and can be climbed.
Slip knot on a rope ladder with end dangling...

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i will be creating of nothing one nice nonskid wood ladder with bronze fasteners and fittings just like the one patricia demolished so nicely for me, dangit. it was perfect.
the substitute ladder is a 4 rung doesnot hit water much less submerge self non retractible non extendible stainless welded wonder. the stainless one is perfect for rising onto dock from yukwater.
is definitely time for a change, and the ss ladder will be a donation to whatever dock i am resting my weary old bones during repair season summers....
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I build custom boat canvas and do lots of dumb gymnastics on boats, docks, and lines. I always have an exit strategy. Sometimes, I put a ladder down next to the seawall so there IS an exit.

On my boats, I always make sure the swim ladder is easily deployed by a person who is, well, swimming.
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Some thoughts on this.

I bought some ATV pickup ramps and made a gizmo so I could hook one of them on over the toe rail mid ships. Works great, reaches well into the water, stores on my arch. The problem with this is even little current will push the ladder backwards significantly. Pushes it out of the gizmo.

I bought a folding swim ladder, accordion style. The top fits over the toe rail on the transom, i can put a line on it so we can carry it on the transom and using the line you can deploy it from the water. It is awkward to store, doesn’t really hang right, digs up our transom, and needs to be tied on to keep from loosing it.

There was a company that sold a nice simple collapsing Ss ladder called “Up and Out”. USA inventor sold it to a European company that dropped the boat line, now only sells the dock style. Ive one of these mounted on the small boat, deployable from the water. Just looking at the web site now perhaps they are once again selling boat ladders. Up-N-Out | Ultimate Marine Ladders. If these are available they may make a good solution.

Some years ago my Wife fell out of the dink at night at a dock. Life jacket inflated but water was cold. The floating docks had ladders but they folded back and laid on the dock surface, she could not from the water deploy the ladder. I had to tie up the dink, get out and fold the ladder over to her.

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Zee, you're still a goddess in my book. Glad that you're OK.
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Until you get the ideal boarding ladder figured out how about hanging an old tire just awash on the midship cleat or slip.Sure to recycle it now.! I always carried a few because they're the best fender in log boom country and shallow water is 30 meters.
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Glad you are ok

We have one of these on our stern quarter, can reach it from the

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I'm crushed to learn you aren't a goddess, milady. The world today could do with a few goddesses...
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I'd better not go in the water. Just like I'd better not walk out into fast moving traffic or fall down a flight of stairs.
"Don't fall in" is good advice, and should be plan A for everyone. However, an accidental swim ought not to be fatal by default. Hence, IMHO some means of getting back aboard/ashore ought to be arranged in any well-found boat.
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"Don't fall in" is good advice, and should be plan A for everyone. However, an accidental swim ought not to be fatal by default. Hence, IMHO some means of getting back aboard/ashore ought to be arranged in any well-found boat.
Completely agree, I’ve been able to accomplish that on the small boat but not the big boat yet. Ideally it should be a permanent fixture deployable from the water.

I took a dunk last summer when a piece of dock edging suddenly gave way under me. I got back on the floating dock OK, with scrapes and bruises. I did t think to use the ladder on the boat.

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