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Old 02 September 2009, 11:15   #11
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A marine grade stainless steel (folding step) fitted to the transom is an option.
Seems to me that it would be pretty high.

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I've tried to get into my own boat in a wetsuit, and it's not as easy as you might expect.
If you have fins on, it's pretty easy: Grab the lifeline with your hands about shoulder width apart. Push yourself underwater slightly, in an upright position. Two or three fin kicks should propel you high enough to either do a handstand on the lifeline (where you can swing a leg over), or flop your torso over the tube.

Rope ladders are largely useless; they swing under the boat with any weight on them.

A buddy uses a 3-rung aluminum framed ladder, set against the tube so it stays outward. Doesn't really seem ideal to me, but they do OK with it.

Mine is a custom fishbone ladder mounted on the swimstep.


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jky, can you post a pic to see ?
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So we've gone from a SIBber going for a refreshing dip in the sea, to a fully kitted out diver.

How about a hydraulic engine lift bolted to the transom with one of those sex slings dangling from it???

Forums, don't you just love em.
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So we've gone from a SIBber going for a refreshing dip in the sea, to a fully kitted out diver.

How about a hydraulic engine lift bolted to the transom with one of those sex slings dangling from it???

Forums, don't you just love em.
telescopic HI -AB crane would be even better lol ,,only problems with forums is that some people with not much experience may get an idea ,and not always seeing the implications , may try some thing only for it to go tits up so best we try to cover all aspects ,,its only food for thought at the end of the day,,,,,, the used pair of doel fins that i bought came of a speedboat with a cracked cav plate coz the previous owner had used one side as a step for doughnutting ,
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Old 03 September 2009, 11:22   #15
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jky, can you post a pic to see ?
Ummm, of which?

My friends ladder? Don't think I have a pic of that, and won't see them until at least next weekend (this weekend is a US holiday, and the hotels are expensive where I dive.) Theirs is a 3-rung ladder, which has a slight bend near the midpoint (supposed to follow a hull contour, I think.) They use a kludged rope assembly to clip it onto the lifelines, with the outside of the bend against the tubes. The bottom rung ends up a little high, but they're both little short muchkin people, and it works for them.

Mine is shown in the pic below. (Sorry about the image size, if that's a problem. Wanted to get it at least visible.) It's made of 1" Aluminum square tube, with a 3/4" reinforcing bar hammered into the upper section (well, the bottom center section in the pic.) The mount is a plate with a couple of dog-ears welded on, and a hole drilled into those. The ladder mounts using a trailer receiver pin.

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I use one of these clipped to life lines ;

http://www.marine-super-store.com/po...edpartno=29008

It does swing under the boat abit , but I can easily move it from boat to boat & it takes up no room at all.

There is a technique to stopping it swinging under , but a line rigged to the other tube is a huge huge help.
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I have the smaller one of these & it works just fine!
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