Swim Ladder Question/Restoration

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Swim Ladder Question/Restoration

Postby carl » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:24 am

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Re: Swim Ladder Question

Postby bcassedy » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:48 pm

Carl,

I'm not at the boat but I can tell you that my '88 does NOT have that type configuration. Bottom rung/step is a full step (such as your 2 at the top). I believe the PO added that in order to make it easier to board the step platform (would extend deeper in the water). Actually, not a bad idea tho I agree with you the split at the bottom of your lowest rung is definitely a weak spot. While I haven't been overboard in a number of years (there is something to be said when addressing the "Admiral" in a polite way - no plank walkin' :lol: ) I seem to remember getting aboard was a bit of a challenge because the bottom rung/step didn't extend too far down into the water.

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Re: Swim Ladder Question

Postby Busia » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:23 pm

Threw my ladder away, along with the air conditioner. Never going to need them! But what you have looks like a repair or modification. I would place a longer sleeve over or inside the bottom. A sleeve could go all the way across the bottom.
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Re: Swim Ladder Question

Postby Harryb » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:38 pm

Hi Carl your ladder has been modified. I modified mine in a similar way but I used stainless chain and a starboard tread . The chain is small enough to fit into the down tubes of the ladder secured by the though bolts, the ends of the tread are notched just enough to accept the chain and stay aligned with down tubes. The chain is secured across bottom of the starboard tread with two small half round clips screwed in from the bottom. This mod really aides getting out of the water and looks good when you pull up the ladder not sticking up any higher than the stock ladder.
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Re: Swim Ladder Question/Restoration

Postby carl » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:41 pm

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Re: Swim Ladder Question

Postby shade2u2 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:46 am

My 39 has just a 2 step ladder - like your ladder started out as. My 28 has a 3 step ladder but was probably not original. The 2 step isn't much shorter than the 3 step as the steps are further apart. I have not mounted or used the 2 step on the 39 yet. From experience, the deeper into the water these steps go, the better - for this old guy anyway...
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Re: Swim Ladder Question

Postby Fastjeff » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:39 am

If you are poundagely challenged, as I am, there's no way you can climb a two step ladder! I too added a step to mine, and also my new-to-me 19 foot bow rider.

Why manufacturers do that mystifies me.

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Re: Swim Ladder Question/Restoration

Postby carl » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:11 am

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Re: Swim Ladder Question/Restoration

Postby jennis9 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:06 pm

Carl, I want to modify my 86 Express ladder to be the same as your photo! do you think I can fabricate this from scratch? my ladder is just the swingdown - and I have a foot step mounted on the transom. I'm short and need this type of config.

If you have the old parts, I would love to borrow them for a template.
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Re: Swim Ladder Question/Restoration

Postby jennis9 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Here's a shot of a ladder I found with the same config as I assume yours should have had from stock.
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