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Old 07-12-2015, 08:33 AM   #21
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I hope dwhatty posts some pics of the beautiful swimstep he built on his IG32. It's a beautiful example of a simple, strong, functional and good looking swimstep. All it lacks is the hydraulic lift, but maybe he's working on that upgrade for his upcoming winter hibernation. Since's it's already mid-July, he's probably out stacking firewood right now.
Thanks for reminding me that our two week long boating season is almost over.

Haven't got many pics of our (recycled milk bottle) swim platform but here's a few. Very sturdy. It's about 30" deep and 2 1/8" thick and has worked out great, especially with the "granny bar" I designed and had built. Boarding of people, dog and gear to and from our inflatulent dinghy is a snap.

The granny bar is removable for when the dinghy is to be hauled on the davits, although we have only used the davits twice so far to test them. We prefer to tow. The cross bracing on the davits (Ocean Marine) is a frig and I am not sure they are really necessary with the dinghy snugged in real tight with ratchet straps.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:20 AM   #22
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Assuming water entry was intentional a ladder over the side works well.
Our swim grid is used for fuel jugs and dinghy mounting making use awkward.
When my wife swims off the boat our ladder hooks onto the gunwale and works well.
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We use a swim ladder. Here is Sherpa's ladder attached. One must be reasonably fit to use this ladder because of the angle.
So in either case, no way for someone overboard to get back on the boat themselves?
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:23 AM   #23
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And for the group in general, how about your dinghy? Have you tried getting back in it when you are in the water? What method do you use?
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:09 AM   #24
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And for the group in general, how about your dinghy? Have you tried getting back in it when you are in the water? What method do you use?
We use the dinghy for snorkeling and free diving most days when we're out. When guests are with us, I forget that getting in the dinghy is not that easy for some people. We just pull ourselves up and over the side of our 10.5' Achilles RIB. We do have a permanently attached folding ladder on our swim platform.

In April we were on a friends whaler and one of his guests struggled to get back in it from the water. They stayed home the next day.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:11 AM   #25
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So in either case, no way for someone overboard to get back on the boat themselves?
Well, the ladder is easy to use unless one is overweight or has limited upper body strength. My wife and I don't have a problem but it is not ADA compliant! If you fall overboard and someone is not available to deploy the ladder, you are simply not getting back in the boat easily. I guess I could get a foot hold on one of the rub rails in an emergency but I have never tried it--it would be an amusing sight!
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:11 AM   #26
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Your swim platform's utility

Yikes. The day I can't pull myself into a dingy will be a sad one for me.

Getting older scares me...
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:22 AM   #27
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You da man, Dave. That is one sweet looking creation and what convenience and function!
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:28 AM   #28
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Getting older scares me...
It use to scare me until I noticed the "changes" occurring in my normal daily routine.
(examples) How I get in/out of my car, carefully walking up/down stairs, not jumping off the boat to the dock anymore, not imbibing nearly as much, and the list goes on. The neat part is none of these "changes" are carefully planned, they just imperceptibly evolve! Don't sweat it, just go up and down your fly bridge ladder a little slower.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:33 AM   #29
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Don't sweat it, just go up and down your fly bridge ladder a little slower.

Thanks for the advice.

I don't have a flybridge on this boat so I'm good there ! 😁
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:33 AM   #30
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DuNORDS Swim Platform

Our ALBIN-25, the DuNORD came to us with an impossible boarding ladder and an outboard bracket mounted on her transom. I replaced them with a swim platform made of 1/2" thick white anti-skid plastic sheet stiffened with a cedar frame. We like the new Up-N-Out folding boarding ladder a lot. The platform was designed just large enough for two to sit upon, yet small enough for minimal interference with docking maneuvers.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:36 AM   #31
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Hell, you're good until at least 85!
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:38 AM   #32
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Bonus pair of Deck Cleats

The original Albin transom ladder was mounted on four of the same custom Chrome-plated Bronze fittings used for the three very stylish deck cleats on her bow and stern quarters. I made a new pair of mid-ship cleats with the original ladder fittings.
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:31 PM   #33
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We use the dinghy for snorkeling and free diving most days when we're out. When guests are with us, I forget that getting in the dinghy is not that easy for some people. We just pull ourselves up and over the side of our 10.5' Achilles RIB. We do have a permanently attached folding ladder on our swim platform.

In April we were on a friends whaler and one of his guests struggled to get back in it from the water. They stayed home the next day.
Tell your friend there are nice swim ladders made for Whalers that are easy to deploy from the water. By the way, same thing applies to big boats too, especially those with platforms. Think about it folks.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:05 PM   #34
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Miller Time's Platform is about 30" deep. Must have for the kiddos and us as we are in the water often.

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Old 07-12-2015, 09:17 PM   #35
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Our ALBIN-25, the DuNORD came to us with an impossible boarding ladder and an outboard bracket mounted on her transom. I replaced them with a swim platform made of 1/2" thick white anti-skid plastic sheet stiffened with a cedar frame. We like the new Up-N-Out folding boarding ladder a lot. The platform was designed just large enough for two to sit upon, yet small enough for minimal interference with docking maneuvers.
Nice work. I would not have a boat without a swim platform.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:27 PM   #36
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We repurposed the holes from the dingy davits with $10 of PVC and made a simple kayak rack. If we are in the water will have the kayaks off too so can still use the swim ladder.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:34 AM   #37
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For those of you without a plat form, especially that canoe stern Lowland and the folding jobbie, how does someone in the water get in the boat on their own?

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Old 07-13-2015, 12:44 AM   #38
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Stillwater's swim platform is after market on the canoe stern. It was done quite well and is about 26" deep. I have removed the rails that you can see in this haulout picture since they only seemed to get in the way. There is a stowable swim ladder that could be deployed from the water if I needed to get back on board in an emergency. I haven't used it yet for swimming since the water in the SF Bay is too cold. I hope to make it to the Sacramento Delta this summer and give it a try.

Boarding from the dinghy is achieved through a fold down door in the port side of the canoe stern.



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Old 07-13-2015, 06:51 AM   #39
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My boat has a very nice swim platform that is about a foot off the water and a transom door for easy access. Mounted underneath the platform is a telescoping ladder that pulls out and then pivots down. Works well for swimming and is easily self deployed in a man over board situation.

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