Originally Posted by cap2nd1961
I see Zodiac sells a swim ladder/rope ladder for my series of boat. I think they want like 400 dollars, which is crazy. I can easily make my own rope ladder, Should I just hook it to an eye bolt on the transome and toss it over the tubes? I can get back in without a ladder, but its not easy.. and if your tired most likely have to climb up by the engine which could be dangerous on rough sea days. What have you all come up with for getting out of the water?
I was going to buy one of these for my rib Rib step inflatable boat dinghy boarding ladder for ringo wakeboard water ski. | eBay
but thought I could easily use my existing lifting sling for taking my rib out of the water which is similar material but wider. Anyway I connected my sling to the lifting eye, put it over the tube into the water and simply but a big knot in the middle of it to make it shorter and work as a step ladder as in the link above. It works but the problem is when you put weight on it it swings in under the boat and your foot hits the hull of the boat, in other words it dos not work as a ladder but it can help as a "step up" into the boat. My father didn't get along with it whatsoever! I tried it out purely for him as I can jump in and out of my rib no problems, but I'm in my 20's not 60's!
You could get one of these... Boarding Ladder Boat Yacht RIB 3 Step Alloy Hook Over | eBay
but very bulky!
The Rib step or a home made version is good if you have people in your boat who are not used to jumping in and out of ribs/sibs and if one person is inside the boat they can help pull the person in as they are using the step up. It's better than nothing I guess!