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Old 23 September 2013, 08:28   #1
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Custom made boarding ladder

Can anyone recommend a good stainless steel fabricator.

I need a set of steps that will be good enough for me to use in full diving gear (twinset tanks) while wearing fins.

They will go over the side of the RIB, not the rear.

I want them to attach to the floor, curve up over the tube and down the side into the water. I imagine them being made of one tube, say two inches in diameter with steps of the same sticking out the sides. Thereby allowing for use in fins. A small section will stick out and touch the hull so when your on it your weight dosent push the ladder under the boat and holds it clear of the tube.

Also Id want it so the curved 'over the tube' section disconnects from the bit that sticks in the water. That way the whole lot can live in the console thus keeping the boat looking clean and uncluttered.

Any one know of someone that can make that ?
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Old 23 September 2013, 10:10   #2
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Well Im not local, but I need a really nice job done, so if you can do it, I can bring the boat down. Im happy to travel.

Have you some pictures / website that shows your work ?

Would my idea work in practice ?
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Not much on my website as I never update it and quite frankly don't need it for work. I can send you loads of pics of work I've done as for your ladder. You will need two bars that go over the tubes and then go into a Y before continuing down as a single spine. I did one before that attached to the side of the A frame. The leverage on the joint of a single bar was too much when a fully kitted diver got on one side of the ladder. Have a look at customrib.com and send me your details and I'll see what I can dig up in pics
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OK, cheers Biffer. I will PM you my details so you can send some pics. Thanks.
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What's the problem with unkitting in the water? I dive from my Pacific 22 the tubes are huge and quite high out of the water so I have to clamber out over the sterndrive leg, not ideal I agree but I still de-kit in the water.
I have given quite a bit of thought to ladders over the side, that's quite a lot of strain, a fully kitted twin-set diver? I'm sure it could be done but the cost would be high, especially bending 2" pipe to suit the diameter of your tubes!
If you de-kitted in the water you could get away with a lighter ladder?
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I kit up and de kit in the water, we use a 6m lanyard clipped on to a suitable anchor point on rib.

The lanyard sinks and can be used for your 5m safety stop.

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