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    Default Emergency Boarding Ladder

    My boat is a bit high sided and doesn't have a boarding ladder. I remember during the first seminar a pic of emergency ladders hanging over the side of a boat although I didn't catch the brand name. Also was looking at the Whichard ladder.


    http://www.landfallnavigation.com/sw...iABEgJas_D_BwE
    Jeff

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    Hi Jeff -
    I recall the picture, but not sure of the mnfr either.
    This is a version of what I use.

    very very similar to the Wichard product, without the "marine" pricing... OTOH, mine don't glow in the dark.

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    I made two of these, one on each side of the boat, for my Santana3030. It took one visit to REI, about $25 worth of climbing webbing, and 45 minutes with a sewing machine. Now, mine might not have supported 6,000 pounds, but you know...I'm OK with only supporting 1800 pounds.

    Suggestion...if you make one, double-up the webbing on the bottom of the foot loops. That makes them stiffer, so they stick out from the central strap. If you don't do that, the loops tend to collapse, making it hard to get your feet in them.

    I used a substantial s.s. carabiner to fasten the thing to my aluminum toerail. Then I lashed it to the stern pulpit with really light line, set up with a quick-release pull.
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    Spending Wichards price is ridiculous.

    https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Rescue-R...SIN=B017TDM3DW

    The Black Diamond one is better, it has the stickey-outey foot bases.

    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond...SIN=B001DD19T4
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanH View Post
    The Black Diamond one is better, it has the stickey-outey foot bases.
    In case you were wondering, here are the lengths

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    This is what you saw in the seminar photo(s). Because of Rags' low, open transom I have the four step ladder. For mounting on the sides and/or for higher freeboard, I'd get the five step ladder.

    When I need to get a foot into the thing the boat will probably be moving and the ladder will be dragging. I'm skeptical that I could get a foot into a (wet) fabric loop in that scenario. I won't have a free hand to hold the loop open or to place it on my foot.

    https://www.plastimo.com/en/echelle-...ours-8968.html
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    I made two of these from an old halyard. Loop the top around the stern rail and use a light line slip knot to keep them bundled.
    I did hang one from a halyard and climbed it. Doing it in a seaway at speed would be a challenge.!
    Here is a youtube link to a nice tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEXt...ature=youtu.be

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