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Royce posted 02-25-2004 01:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for Royce   Send Email to Royce  
I just bought a 1985 Revenge 22' W/T that is missing its ladder to climb up through the center glass to the bow. Could any one tell me its dimensions or other details so that I can build one? How about a photo? What did the hardware look like? In 1985 it was a removable ladder-- I guess someone took the name seriously(its probably being used as a step ladder in someones pantry!).
peetmin posted 02-25-2004 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Royce- In the port side bulkhead (where the ladder stows) there was a stainless piece of tubing (aprox. 1" dia. and 24" long) that the top of the ladder used as a guide as it was pulled out and pushed back away. Is that still in place? Then there was a plastic piece (I think) that screwed to the top of the wood portion of the ladder. This plastic piece is what traveled on the stainless tubing.

Those are a couple of the key components to the ladder. I can shoot a couple of photos later in the week if it would help you.


Royce posted 02-25-2004 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royce  Send Email to Royce     
Peet- It sounds like you have the later version of the ladder. In 1985 the ladder didn't slide into the port companionway. I would love to see your photos as I will be building some sort of ladder. Thank you in advance.
jimh posted 02-26-2004 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A really good place to look for pictures of Boston Whaler boats is in the Cetacea collection. There are over 700 photographs and almost every one has a caption that describes in detail the image associated with it.

For example, try:

This image even has callouts to point out details.

peetmin posted 02-26-2004 12:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
I spent a good 10 minutes trying to find this thread today. I used the search engine entering revenge and ladder. Go ahead ask me anything about swimladders on Revenges, I know it all...
peetmin posted 02-26-2004 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
I have never seen the configuration with a removable ladder that Royce is talking about. My brother had a 22' vintage 1984 walk around Revenge (no ladder). Was 1985 the only year this removable ladder was available?
jimh posted 02-26-2004 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Royce is correct. A careful study of the 1985 catalogue shows the ladder on the 1985 22 Revenge W/T was a "removable ladder." It can be seen in a small insert on page 25.

It looks like it would block the companionway access when it was in place, so this may account for it getting separated from the boat nineteen years later.

There is a teak plank across the companionway deck, and the bottom of the ladder butts against this raised stile.

The top of the ladder leans against the forward bulwark just below the sliding hatch. I cannot see how it is fastened.

The general dimensions of the ladder appear to be about the same as the later sliding ladder, so if you could locate one of those it could serve as a guide.

Also, I think you could fabricate your own sliding ladder if you cut the companionway port side bulwark in the appropriate place. The slide is just a piece of stainless steel railing. The only parts that would not be off the shelf items are the two metal "curtain rod hanger" brackets that slide on the railing.

You might inquire with the Boston Whaler factory to see if they still have an engineering drawing for the original "removable ladder" or the newer sliding ladder.

I think the evolution of this ladder detail shows how Boston Whaler was (and is) a boat builder that listens to its customers and make improvements based on their feedback.

Royce posted 02-26-2004 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royce  Send Email to Royce     
Jimh and all- Thank you for your feedback. I would love to have drawings or dimensions for both ladders. The sliding ladder itself would be most desireable of course. I don't suppose someone out there would like to rip theirs out and send it to me. If I can get good close up photos, I can build a new one. Thanks again.

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