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djmerrill posted 07-09-2000 10:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for djmerrill   Send Email to djmerrill  
I'm considering installing a small swim platform/ladder on the transom of my '91 Outrage 17. I use it for skiing quite a bit, and hauling my body over the gunnel is tiring, and for some friends we bring, almost impossible (I know, we should all get in shape!). But seriously, a small platform on the back with a 1 or 2 rung swinging ladder makes boarding much easier, without the hassle of storing and deploying a portable ladder every time someone wants to get out of the water.

I was considering an off the shelf model, but the transom on my model is not flat, it has a step of about 3/4" running along the motorwell lines. Last weekend I saw another Outrage 17 with a platform, closer inspection revealed a step built right into it- a factory option! I called Twin City Marine, and they do not have any, and found out that the factory doesn't have any, and wont get any more (no surprise there).

Does anyone 1.) have one that they would part with? 2.) know a dealer or person who has one? 3.) know who whaler sourced them from? 4.) know of another solution?

Thanks in advance for any help!


triblet posted 07-10-2000 02:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
West Marine has small swimsteps in teak and in
poly. You should be able to trim it to
fit your transom. Be sure to mount it in
the right places -- (the same as that other
Outrage 17 -- take measurements.).

Get a telescoping three-step ladder for your
swimstep. My Montauk came with a one-step
which was next to useless. Two-step would
be better, but with the three-step you just
walk up.

Chuck Tribolet

sport15er posted 07-10-2000 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
I recently bought a folding ladder from West Marine for my super-sport15. It's constructed of polycarbonate, connected by nylon rope(line), and is tied to any cleat or railing. It's got a 300 lb rating, and stores quite nicely. To see it, paste this:
Bruce Boehle posted 07-10-2000 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     

Do you find that ladder swings under the boat making it difficult to pull yourself up into the boat? That ladder seems to be what I need for my Nauset but the wife seems to think it would be too hard to use? Let me know. Thanks, Bruce

lhg posted 07-10-2000 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For years we got into our Nauset by turning off the engine, using the anti-cavitation plate as a step for one leg, then standing up, and stepping right into the stern of the boat!
sport15er posted 07-10-2000 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Bruce, I just got the ladder, hasn't been in water yet; but will report bk after I try it.
Bruce Boehle posted 07-10-2000 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
I use the anticavitation plate all the time when I am out alone. Trouble is the wife and my younger son don't like that solution. I showed her the rope type ladder. That did not meet with her approval. So I guess we will keep using the over the side type until we find the perfect solution. Might just be a bigger whaler! Thanks, Bruce
sport15er posted 07-23-2000 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Bruce, >>>Ladder Report<<<
Well, after it swinging under the bow, and going through a few different techniques, we found the best way to climb it, was to stradle it, putting one foot on each side instead of the 'typical'up the front way. Once your waist is up to the top of the gunwale, lean forward and the ladder straightened itself. Although not the best ladder available, it'll do for a while.
I'd sure like to hear from others with ladder cures for their 15's...........
Bruce Boehle posted 07-23-2000 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
I looked at that ladder at my local marine dealer and decided against it(or my wife did). For now we are going to stick with the over the gunwale type even though it is impossible to store it out of the way in the Nauset. Thanks for the "Ladder Report".


sport15er posted 07-24-2000 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Storage on my SS is minimal also, the reason for trying the rope type. I'm now looking at the foldable over the gunwale ladder.
fyi: Checking Boatus, West Marine, Overton's and Cabela's; Boatus came in the lowest for the same model.
to be continued...... (unfortunately)
BD posted 07-24-2000 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for BD  Send Email to BD     
Don't want to beat a dead horse... but I have tried all ladders on our 15, including home-made (and a dandy it was too). The transom is just too short, and big ones to drop in the water enough just too big to store.
My best suggestion is to "hump" it over the stern quarter... my wife, grumpily, agrees.
Good luck in your search.
I have several in the garage if you want to try them...
Alioop posted 07-25-2000 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alioop  Send Email to Alioop     
I posted this on another page also, try this web site These ladders look ideal for a whaler,come in many sizes,bracket is small and they float if dropped overboard. Mike
Ed Stone posted 07-25-2000 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
On my 17 Outrage there is a fiberglass platform with a handle and a two step ladder.It is solid as a rock.It takes up very little space and may adapt to your transom.
Good luck

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