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mmeany posted 06-18-2001 12:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for mmeany   Send Email to mmeany  
Hi All,
I have a 13' SS. If I want to swim off of it in New England, am I required by law to have a ladder? I have checked the documentation from Ct's boating course and it does not make mention of a ladder. Clue's?
Bigshot posted 06-18-2001 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Nope! Personal preference. I never used one in my 13 or 15.
BOB posted 06-18-2001 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB  Send Email to BOB     
I use a 3 step ladder with my 13' Sport. I think it really makes getting back in the boat easier.
hughmcmillan posted 06-19-2001 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for hughmcmillan  Send Email to hughmcmillan     
Bob, could you elaborate on your ladder; kind, location, deployment? Many thanks,
hughmcmillan posted 06-19-2001 07:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for hughmcmillan  Send Email to hughmcmillan     
I have a one month old 13 Sport and my dealer recommended using the cavitation plate to climb aboard. He did caution that the motor should be off!

The lake water and air temperatures are quickly approaching those suitable for swimming off the boat and perhaps tubing so I am very interested in the ladder issue.


BOB posted 06-19-2001 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB  Send Email to BOB     
I bought my ladder at Defender. It is a DOTLINE model PL3A, 3 step with 7 inch hooks. I remounted the middle step 2 inches higher so it hits the hull at a good spot when I hang it over the side. The ladder folds flat when not in use and takes up very little space.
jimh posted 06-19-2001 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Because of the great lateral stability of the Whaler hull, it is possible to re-enter the boat from the water by going over the gunwales. On most 13-foot boats you would probably capsize them if you tried that.

Depending on your age and physical condition, you might not be able to get back in the boat from deep water without a ladder or using the cavitation plate.

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