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Old 07-13-2015, 08:13 AM   #41
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Any pictures of the dinghy ladders? Links?
Here's a fairly good selection, depends on what type dinghy you have.

Defender.com Search Results: swim ladders

I had one of those rope type jobs on the Whaler for a little while that could be reached from in the water and pulled over. Got a transom mount telescoping/folding one that is much more useful and easy.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:32 AM   #42
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A simple solution if you don't have a swim platform or ladder is to just leave a loop of rope hanging down. You can use that as a foot hold to climb back up.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:37 PM   #43
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My swim platform is mounted on the transom ladder. It is fairly high above the water line, so I only need to fold it up in a strong following sea. Another hinged L-shaped section of ladder folds down from the platform into the water.

The swim platform is small, but very functional. I occasionally carry my dinghy on it by tying off a fender board across the platform to give it more width.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:24 AM   #44
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My platform is pretty skinny. It's only about 18" deep, and the way the aft seat and storage locker are set up, they eat into that 18 inches. It's no problem when the canvas is down, and you can hang onto the back of the seat, but when the after curtain is up, it starts to feel a bit like walking the ledge outside a skyscraper window.

I do have a pretty decent ladder, which I can deploy from the water, should I ever find myself overboard. One more step would be nice, but It's a lot better than the ones I remember climbing when I was a kid. My platform was also really slippery when wet, which is odd, considering what it's for. I slapped some Seadek on there, and it improved drastically. Looks pretty nice, too.

The transom door is also really handy. I'm a big fan of that.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #45
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That does look pretty good, Dave. Looks like you could also square-off or even reverse the angle at the end of the platform to give you another foot or so. Not bad for a frivolous speedster.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:21 PM   #46
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That does look pretty good, Dave. Looks like you could also square-off or even reverse the angle at the end of the platform to give you another foot or so. Not bad for a frivolous speedster.

Thankee, sir! There's a guy out there with the same boat who installed an extension. It would be nice, but it's pretty low on the priority list. I reckon if I wasn't quite so American (read fat,) I'd have more room. I'll keep trying to work the problem from that angle.
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My swim Platform is 3' deep and lays 18” above the Load Water Line. I still need to build a hand rail to use it as a fishing platform. Eventually, it will be used to place a second dinghy with the proper set of davits. Yet, this project is for next year together with the hand rail
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One of the things I love about our Mainship 400 is the big, solidly built swim platform and the transom door. The platform is full width and about 36" deep.

We keep our 11' Rib and it's 20 hp four stroke on trick davit cradles that mount on the platform. the cradles really just guide the dinghy up on the platform and raise it up another 8" or so, the weight is borne by the platform. I couldn't do that if the platform was not so solid.

For the kind of warm water cruising we do where we are in and out of the water all day, and are constantly clambering in out of the dink or the paddleboards with all our dive gear/fly rods/beach chairs/beer coolers plus an 85 lb dog I can't imagine a boat without a platform.
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My swim Platform is 3' deep and lays 18 above the Load Water Line.l
Now there's a swim platform with no apologies!

This is such a good thread because it is speaking about the "utility" of a boat accessory. Here's a shot of my platform, but it's true "utility" was far from its potential best until we decided to do what was necessary to make the platform access as important as the platform itself. You can read about it in the thread "Radical Manatee transom door mod" in the Kadey Krogen section. Slowly but surely, it's gaining in "utility" value.
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One of the things I love about our Mainship 400 is the big, solidly built swim platform and the transom door. The platform is full width and about 36" deep.

A large functional swim platform and transom door are in the "Must have" category for our next boat. It's on the same level of importance as walk around decks and separate stall shower for both of us.
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I like swim platforms that can be lowered into the water to launch a dinghy. They have a lot of uses but very pricey.

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My swim Platform is 3' deep and lays 18 above the Load Water Line. I still need to build a hand rail to use it as a fishing platform. Eventually, it will be used to place a second dinghy with the proper set of davits. Yet, this project is for next year together with the hand rail
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:30 PM   #54
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I like swim platforms that can be lowered into the water to launch a dinghy. They have a lot of uses but very pricey.

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Yeah, I could get into that style of.......wait a moment. Isn't that Moonstruck's swim platform?!
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