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alan posted 06-14-2001 11:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for alan   Send Email to alan  
I would like to install a swim ladder on my 82 18'6" Outrage. Has anyone done this? Any concerns or problems? Any type recommended?
lpaton posted 06-15-2001 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
I built a 4 step aluminium ladder for my outrage 19. It is removeable and very solid and is adjustable. Filled it with expandable foam and it floats. Have CAD drawing if you can read it.
Whalerdan posted 06-15-2001 07:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
To add to this... Has anyone seen a ladder that will fold-up enough to fit in the console when not in use, or maybe comes with holding bracketry so you could mount it inside when not in use?
triblet posted 06-15-2001 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
If you want the ladder out of the way, why
not install a little swimstep like the
factory does?


Whalerdan posted 06-15-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I thought of this but, I think it might get in the way for fishing. Lines might get caught in it.
lpaton posted 06-15-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
I tie mine to railing with bungee chords. Works fine if not elegant
bdb posted 06-16-2001 06:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
My thoughts on a boarding ladder: They should be available from the water, and have two rungs in the water. Many Whalers are very difficult to board from the water without a ladder (rails and all.) Having a stowed ladder on board is okay for anchoring and swimming under controlled conditions. But in the event of finding yourself or a passenger unexpectadley overboard it could be a life saver to have access to the ladder from the water. Falling or flipping out while alone; jumping to the aid of a youngster who fell in; aiding an injured swimmer or skier are all easily possible happenstances that can leave you physically unable to board the boat, and s-o-l with a stowed ladder.

There...another lecture from the mother hen...Harpoon Harriet

gunnelgrabber posted 06-17-2001 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
bdb aka harpoon harriet, make good points. i'd add that a swim ladder is worth having if just to get in and out of the boat while its sitting on the trailer.also it's handy as a work table...don't know how i got along without one.adios...lm

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