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Swim/boarding ladder

Post by chris.nackers » Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:05 pm

I’m looking for plans/specs to build a swim ladder for our sportsman. Saw it in classic boat hardware but they appear to be out of business so was hoping someone may have the plans?

Thanks.
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by Jim Godlewski » Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:09 am

I'm not sure if this is any interest to you but I just recently picked one of these up. It was a used one on ebay. I haven't used it yet but this was pretty much my only option for my sportsman. I can put this under the bow when not in use.
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by chris.nackers » Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:12 am

I’ll have to keep this in mind.

I was going to try and redo the front a bit to get some storage in the bow. It’s pretty blocked off right now.
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by jfrprops » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:17 am

I would be careful with that idea...wondering if a standard type platform would affect performance? Might drag upon acceleration or something...act sort of like a trim tab but maybe in an unwanted way? Through research and advice from others is the key I guess? John in Va
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by Matt Smith » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:28 am

The one at Freedom is amazing and the right one to have. It can be stowed away and all thought through. Also anything off the transom has to be screwed into the boat, and your feet are near the prop, which is insane dangerous. YA NEVER KNOW.
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by chris.nackers » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:03 am

Wasn’t after a swim platform off the back. Just really liked the look of the folding ladder setup.

But sounds like theFreedom ladder is the way to go.
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by mbigpops » Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:24 am

If you buy a used one then you need to make sure that the standoffs will hit your spray rail. If not then you may have to re-drill and re-locate.

If you cannot find the mahogany colored 3 step version there is a white 4 step which is similar.

https://www.greatlakesskipper.com/garel ... eTEALw_wcB

For this one they mount the standoffs to the step so you can drill and mount where you like.

I have both as the 4 step is better for deeper water or shorter people.

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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by jfrprops » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:14 am

we are talking two different accessories: swim platform vs boarding ladder....I like the hang over easy to stow types.
John in Va.
1980 Fairchild Scout 30
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1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
1921 Old Town Charles River 17' (founding Captain, James River Batteau Festival)

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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by chris.nackers » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:35 am

jfrprops wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:14 am
we are talking two different accessories: swim platform vs boarding ladder....I like the hang over easy to stow types.
John in Va.
Yup, i'm not interested in a platform. That Eez ladder looks nice, but i was really hoping to get the plans and build a folding ladder, but might not be an option.
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Re: Swim/boarding ladder

Post by jfrprops » Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:53 am

I would bet you can find such plans...or copy someone's original...thing is storing ladders is a problem....take up a lot of space, if you just want to get in and out...and are in shape....you can get one of those ladders in a bag...rope deal...easy to stow.
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1980 Fairchild Scout 30
19?? custom Argentine Runabout 16'
1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
1921 Old Town Charles River 17' (founding Captain, James River Batteau Festival)

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