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Old 05-26-2013, 08:23 AM   #21
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Great arrangement there Mark, as long as you don't need to mount the dink on the platform, that is.

And if you don't mind paying $5.00 a foot dockage charges for a swim platform.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:26 AM   #22
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"And if you don't mind paying $5.00 a foot dockage charges for a swim platform."

Actually it looks like Mark could fold that platform flat to the transom without too much work. I wish I could fold mine up to make it easier to fish off the stern.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #23
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So far, I've lowered the ladder and platform only once to see how they worked. Otherwise, they've always been in the up/stowed position. The platform is an extra-cost item I got free because the builder installed it by mistake.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:12 AM   #24
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A real PIA is paying $5.00 a ft for the anchor to sit on its bow roller.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #25
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Getting aboard when you reach a geriatric age is a challenge. Cdn Small Vessel Regs require a boarding device is the freeboard is greater than 0.5 meters (18 in). However the real issue is simply can the ladder be deployed by someone who is n the water. I don't mean on calm day but a moderate sea state,that is the question. Check out USBOAT for a great piece on ladders. Very interesting and will give you reason to think about the problem of boarding from the water. Bill
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:16 AM   #26
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I decided adding a boarding ladder to my swim step would be a good idea after watching my boys struggle aboard while swimming. I'm fairly certain a 3 step unit would serve us well but welcome your input.

What features do you find most important? And why? Any brand preference?

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After looking all over at pre manufactured ladders I decided to morph (construct) two real sturdy swim (boarding) ladders into a solid fastened, hinged to swim step, 6' ladder with 6 steps (bottom metal counts as one) and a 1" o.d. knotted pull-line for ease of pulling one's weight up the ladder and onto swim step. Pull-line also is fashioned so it wraps around ladder when itís in up position for cruising; for security its knot at end slips into the lineís hook-loop that surrounds a railing stanchion. There is also a weakened bungee cord for keeping ladder up when pull-rope is laying loose for swim purposes (hard pull on ladder breaks bungee to lower ladder if needed due to falling overboard. I pull ladder up in night and use bungee with pull-line left lose so free floating weeds don't get snagged on steps.

These are best picts I have. The short blue line around ladder is the knotted pull-line for swimming. The long blue line with center eye, that extends completely across transom, is a tow hitch for our runaboutís tow line.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:26 AM   #27
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That's the one Walt! I remembered seeing one somewhere but couldn't remember where. I think you posted a shot some time back. Would you happen to have a brand name or did it come with the boat?

I need to get one ASAP for not only safety concerns but I'm getting ready to mount Weaver snap davits. I have no desire to drill my teak more than once if it can be helped.
Looks like the same sturdy Windline telescoping one I've had for 15 years. Here's one link to it:

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