Boarding Ladder Mods MK 1.5

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Boarding Ladder Mods MK 1.5

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We have a narow stern walk through hull that we like to back in to marina slips.  The stock boarding ladder is a bit crazy for that application and we end up removing it entirely.  We are thinking of removing it, putting lifelines with a gate in place for safety, and putting some sort of emergency boarding ladder on the "swim step".  We boat in the cold PNW and no one is ever going to swim off this boat on purpose.  

Has anyone done this?

Any ideas or warnings?


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Joined: 4/24/16
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I've thought of doing this myself.  The major issue that I see is that there isn't very much room on the swim platform to attach one of those telescoping ladders.  I guess you could mount it to your platform and then put a square piece of star board or something over top of it so you could step on it.  Not sure how that would look though.

Don Lincoln
"Nancy Lynn"
1993 Catalina MK1.5, Hull 1238
LaSalle, MI (Lake Erie)
Universal M-35AC

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Catboat Willy
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We're working on something similar. We've taken off the supplied boarding ladder (cause it gets in the way of boarding the dink) and are using some stainless steel chains to provide safety in that area. We currently have a fold up -  drop down ladder that conviently mounts to the side of the boat but  are currently looking for a way to attach it in the walk through transom area. I'd sure be interested in any ideas you come up with and we'll keep you posted on our progress as well. I'd eventually like to work towards the picture shown below . This is by one of our members.. 

Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; Charlotte  Harbor & The Gulf Islands of Florida
'You are never out of work if you own a boat'


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