My wife has been after me for a few years now to put a swim ladder on the boat. I've tried explaining that it's a fishing boat but I am loosing the battle. She mainly wants one to be able to swim off the boat in the summer but read somewhere that it's a safety concern to not have one if someone were to fall overboard during early spring season when the water is still cold. I have been pestering Crestliner to order a stock swim ladder only to be told they don't make them for my boat and they do not recommend adding one to the transom. The transom wall is sealed behind paneling and foam insulation anyways so in reality I don't want to have to dismantle the rear of the boat just to put a couple bolts through for a ladder ( and void the warranty) , so I was looking into portable options. It doesn't seem like there are many great options for an Aluminum v hull, most of the reviews claim the ladders are impossible/uncomfortable to climb up due to the countour of the boat. I was curious to as if anyone has any experience or recommendations for a good portable or fixed swim/boarding ladder?
when I had my 16 foot lund, I tried two different swim ladders that were not bolted to the transom. While both helped a little for getting in the boat, I didn't like either. The problem being that they floated away from the boat and just never felt stable. My current boat has a built in ladder and it is so much better for getting on and off the boat. The Lund on board ladder doesn't bolt to the transom...it bolts horizontally on the back deck. Maybe you can find an option like that for a perminant ladder that bolts to your rear casting deck and doesn't void your warrenty.
I had one one my 17 1/2 starcraft on the bow I'll try and find pic and E-mail it to you.
I like the looks/installation of that ladder Sully! I never thought of having it welded on that is a great idea/solution to my problem. Did that come stock on your boat or did you purchase it aftermarket?
That was an option when I ordered the boat. However it wasn't already installed and the dealer had the boat on the lot and picked up the swim platform / ladder from the manufacturer Hewescraft and had it welded on for me.
I can't argue with logic your wife is right. If you're fishing by yourself and you take an unplanned swim how do you get back in the boat? When the water is 35*, you don't have much time.
You can do a search online to see your best option for a pre-made or custom swim platform / ladder and find a good local aluminum welder to install it for you. Just a heads up get more than one step up. Pulling my fat ar$e up out of the water ain't easy. I'm considering having a second step added.
check this one out. It's intended to be hung over a gunwale, has a support handle and can be stored when not using.
Need the link Bill.
Don't you get it? She is giving you the go ahead for a new fishing...um i mean family boat!! Bigger, wider (4downriggers), faster, hard top or bimini, molded swim platform with ladder...the perfect fishing..um family boat!!!...lol