Transom-mount boarding ladder

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Postby Guest » Sat Jul 19, 2003 12:05 pm

My wife says I MUST find a ladder that gives her a chance at a more graceful re-entry after a swim. Anybody found THE solution? Thanks
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Postby Guest » Sun Jul 20, 2003 10:25 am

I have tried many and all types and I finally have something that the wife likes. It is all metal and folds in half. It has rounded tops and little standoffs. I just hang it on the stern lifeline and things line up. Release all tension in the backstay and even I look graceful on re-entry. No holes.
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Postby Guest » Mon Jul 21, 2003 10:14 am

Who makes this ladder? Any more details?
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Postby Guest » Mon Jul 21, 2003 8:35 pm

I bought mine at West Marine.

Chris
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Postby Guest » Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:27 pm

Has anyone tried one of the scuba diving ladders? It would require drilling holes in the transom but the bracket looks pretty small. If i'm to get back into a J80 the wife says I have to resolve this. On my last J80 we tried the rope ladder route and that never worked well.
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Postby Guest » Tue Jul 29, 2003 6:27 pm

I don't have a solution, but I know the best place to locate a ladder would be off the topsides near the middle of the hull. A boat rocks fore and aft near the center of gravity (the keel). A ladder off the transom may seem convenient, but only in flat waters. With any type of wave action, the transom goes up and down a lot making it difficult to get in.

By the way, a ladder not only makes sense for recreation, but also for safety purposes to get crew back on the boat after falling off (in less than ideal conditions).
Terry Burke
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Postby Guest » Tue Jul 29, 2003 9:20 pm

I combined 2 single step inflatable boarding ladders into a 2 step rope ladder, which I hang from the chainplates. Once I got the heights right, it was reasonably usable. The shrouds provide a good hand hold. I tried 2 other removable ladders, with no luck. This isn't perfect, but it works.
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