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Old 28 August 2009, 12:10   #1
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All kind of threads and discussions have been treated here, how about you are in the mood to stop in middle of the sea for a nice summer refreshing bath and, 4 lettered word…, you don’t have a ladder, what would be the “best way to get back on board” as opposed to buy/use a regular aluminum, wooden traditionally ladders found in nautical stores ? What are your experiences, self made ladders on this issue ? Post pics if available.

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Old 28 August 2009, 12:22   #2
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All kind of threads and discussions have been treated here, how about you are in the mood to stop in middle of the sea for a nice summer refreshing bath and, 4 lettered word…, you don’t have a ladder, what would be the “best way to get back on board” as opposed to buy/use a regular aluminum, wooden traditionally ladders found in nautical stores ? What are your experiences, self made ladders on this issue ? Post pics if available.

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mmmmm can t visulise that a ladder for a sib? best bet is to ask the divers how they get back in the sibs?
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Old 28 August 2009, 13:14   #3
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We just "swim" over the tube using the grab ropes and a bit of kicking.
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Old 28 August 2009, 14:34   #4
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it has been covered on rib net loads of times in the past ,,but even a rope from bow to stern can give u some thing to get a foot on before it swings under the boat ,,alot of divers even rescue crew use the outboard leg cav plate if its a big enough engine to get a foothold , a lot depends though how fit you are and how you are dressed , if its in the tropics and your in a pair of shorts probley not much effort but if in a heavy or stiff neopreane drysuit / floatation suit or heavy oilskins or clothing / or even with a large lifejacket on it can be hell of a job if you are by yourself,,,we used a scaffolding pole with a few short rungs out from the side then we secured the top part with a line to the opposite side of the boat so it would not swing under the hull when standing on it and that could be used with heavy full face commercial diving equipment ,,,, a lifeline rigged on the opposite tube helps a great deal too ,as most people can get up about as far as waist level then drop back in again because there was nothing to get a hand pull on..,, as an extream last resort you could perhaps deflate a tube a little and crawl /slide on board , mart
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Just use the outboard cavitation plate.

If you have doel fins fitted, you're laughing.
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until they snap off ,,with some outboards the cav plates are very thin and when doel fins are fitted it can put a big leaverage on them and it can with some outboards make it easy for them to snap off ,,think you would be ok for occasional use but with a fully kitted diver it could be overload time .
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I'll second that, the ones who will be laughing will be the crew when you break the doel fin or anticav plate and cannot climb back as expected, will be usefull to use if you are a skinny chap in water jeopardy. At the present time working on a simple, cheap and very portable solution.

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I'll second that, the ones who will be laughing will be the crew when you break the doel fin or anticav plate and cannot climb back as expected, will be usefull to use if you are a skinny chap in water jeopardy. At the present time working on a simple, cheap and very portable solution.

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something like a hook over transom,made from tubing and a footplate or stirrup would do ,
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A marine grade stainless steel (folding step) fitted to the transom is an option. I've tried to get into my own boat in a wetsuit, and it's not as easy as you might expect. I know Zodiac sell a collapsible ladder, but it's expensive for what it is. Even a knotted rope lashed onto the sponson will provide enough leverage to haul yourself out. I've tried the anti-cavitation plate on the outboard, so that works too.
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I use one of these ladders by St Croix. It is expensive but works very well. It can be found here http://www.myboatsgear.com/mbg/product.asp?prodID=1409
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