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lakeman posted 08-10-2003 07:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for lakeman   Send Email to lakeman  
Yes, mine has the dive/boarding ladder on it, but after a lobster trip to the Keys, I found that, the small skinny ladder on the boat leaves much to be desired when trying to get back in the boat quickly and easily, I'm 63 but agile and it was very deficult. Has any one put a swim/dive platform on the port side of the motor or replaced the original. I was looking at some and there is not enough room to mount the one with the support underneat. Suggestions please.
folivier posted 08-10-2003 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for folivier  Send Email to folivier     
I just installed a ladder from on my 17 Outrage II. Very nice product.
bob wallace posted 08-11-2003 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
I put an armstrong ladder on my 150 sport - I live in the Keys and do a lot of diveing - the armstrong is very secure and lets you climb or stand on the ladder with fins on - it fits on the port side and stows on the transom under the motor when not in use - they make 2,3 and 4 step models - the 2 step fits perfect on my boat - I'm 66 and really need a good ladder that's easy to climb, especially with tanks - most folks who live down here use the armstrong and it works very well.
bob wallace posted 08-11-2003 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
I forgot - the reason the 2,3,or 4 step models are important is the width of your transom - the ladder has clips that go on the transom and the ladder fits tight up against the transom - measure the transom and get the biggest ladder that will fit - the 2 step model works perfect for me.
lakeman posted 08-12-2003 06:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I like the idea of a removable ladder. Where did you get the Armstrong Ladder, I cannot remember(old age)seeing one in Boaters World or West Marine, maybe I just wasn't looking for one.
Moe posted 08-12-2003 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I'm interested in where you mounted the bracket for the ladder. My drawing shows wood in the transom only as far over to either side as the molded in steps. No point in going further since you couldn't through bolt where the molded-in steps are anyway. Did you add a plate on the inside of the transom? Got any pictures?


Moe posted 08-13-2003 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Bump for Bob (or lakesidelou who also installed a ladder)


lakeman posted 08-16-2003 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
What does Bump mean????,is it an acronym or what, I have seen it mentioned several times lately.
Rich M posted 08-17-2003 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
I had a Garlick 3 step removable dive ladder installed on my 03 Montauk and I'm very pleased with it. Much better than the factory ladder IMHO.
Moe posted 08-17-2003 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
In a forum list of topics, the newest posts are at the top, and as a post gets older, it migrates downward. If you don't get an answer to a question, and your post is moving downward, you can make a short post to that topic, to "bump" it back up to the top where it's more visible. It's courteous to wait a coupla days before doing so.
bob wallace posted 08-18-2003 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
I mounted the out board bracket close to the motor, through bolted it with the bolts that come with the ladder. Just make sure you can turn the motor all the way with out hitting the ladder in case you forget to put it away. I put a red cooler cup on the throttle lever to remind me to put it away, when the ladder is in the boat I put the cooler cup on one of the ladder steps to remind me to put it on the throttle lever. I got the ladder at a local marine store but you can contact them on the internet, I just looked up "Armstrong Ladders". This is the 3 rd one I've had and I really like them.
bob wallace posted 08-18-2003 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
I forgot, the ladder comes with a plate for the inside, brackets for the inside, an outside bracket and bolts. The instructions are very clear as to where to put the brackets and how to attach them. Just make sure you get the size of ladder that will fit across your transom unless you want to mount it some where else.
JohnJ80 posted 08-24-2003 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I just ordered the lite version of the ladder with the platform from based on the recommendations here.

I'm hoping the product is better than the service. Their customer service is a nightmare. I've had to make 5 calls to them to make sure it shipped so I could put it on the boat while out of the water. Guess what, they forgot to even ship it .... period.

I just hope this will be a good product when I get it and that there aren't any problems.


Moe posted 08-26-2003 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I found the Armstrong ladders at Birdsall Marine:

Probably gonna get one over the winter.


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