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Old 30 June 2008, 11:46   #1
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Ladder for Inflatables SIB

Has anyone used one of these ladders and what do you think of them?

What would be the best way of securing it to the boat
1) would you bolt it to a wooden/alu floor and how ie. what spec bolt/plate would you use on 12mm ply floor?
2) would you attach it to the transom by using eye bolt or else and to which section of the transom?
Sorry, never seen one of them on a SIB so asking these questions.
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Old 30 June 2008, 13:07   #2
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Has anyone used one of these ladders and what do you think of them?

What would be the best way of securing it to the boat
1) would you bolt it to a wooden/alu floor and how ie. what spec bolt/plate would you use on 12mm ply floor?
2) would you attach it to the transom by using eye bolt or else and to which section of the transom?
Sorry, never seen one of them on a SIB so asking these questions.
I have a similar unit on my RIB. I attach it to the grab handles. It works fine but the floppy nature is a bit awkward the first time you use it.
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Old 30 June 2008, 17:12   #3
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Thanks Lugnut, would anyone recommend any other type of steps or should I not bother with this at all?
I was just a bit concerned about kids getting injured when claiming back onto the boat while afloat (if anything I guess it'll be me who will struggle with it not them).
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Zodiac make a good set of steps. They have aluminium tread-plates, so are a little bit weighted. Can attach to the grab handle.

It's never going to be easy getting in a SIB or RIB from the water, although as a worst-case scenario - you can always step on the anti-cavitation plate on the outboard to gain access. I've done this on a Zodiac MkII and Zodiac Pro. Trying to gain access over the pontoons is next to impossible, unless you have someone on board who can haul your a** in!
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Old 01 July 2008, 03:06   #5
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I have the smaller one of these, it works well!


http://www.compass24.com/watersports...l?ARTNR=117542
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Hi Nick, thanks I have seen pictures of Plastimo version of this ladder, how do you attach it securely to an inflatable with wooden floor?
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This would do the job!

Or this


http://www.seascrew.com/
online catalogue - Marine Hardware - Deck & Hull Fittings - Eye's, Pad , Lifting & Long Eye Bolts
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Nick, that's exactly what I had in my mind, thank you for the link!
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Non-rigid ladders are next to useless on SIBs or RIBs. They swing up under the boat as you put weight on them, and you spend your energy trying to stay out from underneath, rather than climbing up and over the tubes.

Haven't tried Nick's suggestion, though I've seen them advertised. It seems it would be better than a rope ladder (then again, it couldn't be much worse, I suppose...)

Someone needs to come up with something that braces a collapsible rigid ladder on the underside of the hull. Sounds easy enough .

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Have used the plastimo ladder for a while & yes it swings under the hull , but once you know its going to do it you can stop it and climb up rather then swing under. I never leave the boat when at sea unless someone is in it in case anything goes wrong !
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