Re-boarding ladder

Discussion in 'Catfishing Library' started by Old Bill, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. Old Bill

    Old Bill New Member

    Oklahoma City

    I'm older than dirt...overweight...and not very agile! In other words, I'm too dang old and fat to climb back into my 14' fishing boat should I fall overboard!

    Did I fail to mention that I'm also very clumsy?

    So I decided that a simple boarding ladder might be something that might come in handy some day...or some night! The problem with some of the aluminum boat ladders I looked at is (1) They cost money! (2) They have to be stored somewhere on the boat...and most likely would not be stored where I could reach the ladder is I was in the water.

    A transom mounted boarding ladder would be OK except for the fact that I didn't want to drill any holes in my Classic 1957 Richline aluminum boat!

    So I ended up shamelessly copying a folding transom mounted wooden ladder that a friend Rob Rohde-Szudy made for his wooden sailing boat.

    Here are several photos of the ladder showing it mounted on the transom of my boat using 4 SS bolts that use the existing holes. And, also with the ladder folded for storage and travel.





    I'm hoping never to actually have to use the ladder, but I do get some comfort knowing that it's there if I need it!

    Old Bill
  2. jas.leslie@sympatico

    jas.leslie@sympatico New Member

    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks to Old Bill for this idea. I came across it while trolling the web for a boarding ladder. Bill's desciption of himself fits me! I have adapted Bill's design an made a ladder from 1" steel angle , aluminum treads and 1/16"cable. I am new to this forum and dont know if i can post pictures, but I have some I am willing to share. Jim

  3. Opelousasrob

    Opelousasrob New Member

    An emergency ladder can ce your motor cavitation plate on the lower unit.
    One ft on the plate grap transom and ally oop. Oh yaeh make sure the motor is off!!!!!:wink: