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Old 12 February 2019, 15:09   #1
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Reboarding Ladder

Hi folks, getting a few things together ready for the nice weather.
Just wondered if a reboarding ladder is part of the standard kit to have on a SIB
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Old 12 February 2019, 16:05   #2
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Not sure how many people choose to pack one as "standard" kit. Personally, I am a big fan of FibreLight products, including their various boarding ladders and rescue cradles - a premium product, but wonderfully light, packs small, easy to use and virtually no maintenance. Might be slight overkill on a small SIB, but useful bits of kit.
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Old 13 February 2019, 02:30   #3
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Definitely not standard unless you are in an out of the water all the time. Unless it is a 'rigid' type that does not disappear under the boat as soon as you try to use it they are not the greatest thing anyway.
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Old 13 February 2019, 05:00   #4
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i use to get back in by dunking my body then kick like mad pulling on the hogging strip ropes and pull myself in, now an old git i can't do that so i made a rope ladder stowed in a bag fixed to the ali floor within easy reach from the water. you can get back in if nimble using the cavitation plate on the engine for the foot hold a pull over the rear of the tube using the hogging strip again. what i would say you must try and get back into your boat as a matter of course you never know IMO
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Old 13 February 2019, 05:32   #5
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Fitted narrow st/steel from Force 4 in Poole, Too old to climb over side with wet heavy clothes on.
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Old 13 February 2019, 07:43   #6
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Fitted narrow st/steel from Force 4 in Poole, Too old to climb over side with wet heavy clothes on.
Which ladder did you go for? I am also to old to try and scramble over the tubes if I go in.
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Old 13 February 2019, 07:51   #7
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some have these and reckon they work well


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rib-Step-...1043350278&has

i reckon this is worth considering off the transom

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-Step-Na...-/132915186213
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I had one of these but a waste of time really. Preferred to use the engine cavitation plate as a step.
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Old 13 February 2019, 09:28   #9
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Extra narrow folding ladder from Force4 , part no 851135 59-95.
www.force4.co.uk . Fits easily on my transom only 18cm wide.
Perfect if on your own and you fall overboard.
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What about something like this off transom?

https://www.floatyourboat.co.uk/ladd...-4-black-steps
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I have one, its a must for me. I made it from rope and PVC pipe. Yes it pushes under the boat but It works with my setup. I have a solid grab just inside the boat.
This could be a handle but I have a pipe console. Without this it would be harder. The first time I took my boat out and entered deep water I tried the transom technique and it wasn't going to happen without a lot of trouble. I'm 62yr old and a body size best described as FATASS. (sorry no video of the attempt)
The bottom pvc footstep has a piece of stainless scrap tube in it to keep the step where your foot expects it to be. Only two steps were needed. I think the all webbing designs will move around enough in the water to be a hassle. The solid tube designs will be better than what I made but storing is not as easy.
P.S. When I was younger/in better shape, and my sib had pointy tube ends, I would climb in no problem!
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Old 13 February 2019, 18:50   #12
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Extra narrow folding ladder from Force4 , part no 851135 59-95.
www.force4.co.uk . Fits easily on my transom only 18cm wide.
Perfect if on your own and you fall overboard.
I have the same on the transom of my dory.
Fitted after seeing how much of a struggle it was for a RN winchman to climb into my boat - & they're young & mega fit. I'm neither!
I do have a permatrim on the cavitation plate but I think the ladder's easier.
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