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boarding ladder
Posted by: ross8350 (IP Logged)
Date: March 21, 2012 07:25PM
Category: Accessories

it's time to purchase a boarding ladder. anyone have any experience with the mystic stainless foldaway? pro or cons would be appreciated.

jo anne ross
s/v little pearl
falmouth cutter 26-7

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: Rogue (IP Logged)
Date: March 22, 2012 10:31AM
Category: Accessories

I have the mystic stainless foldaway and love it. Works great and looks good also.

Gary
s/v Rogue
BCC 123

Gary R. Simmons

SV Rogue

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: milhan (IP Logged)
Date: March 22, 2012 06:28PM
Category: Accessories

Hi Gary
Do you have 48" or 70" ladder?

Mehmet

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: ross8350 (IP Logged)
Date: March 23, 2012 03:22AM
Category: Accessories

are you able to remove it completely for below deck storage?

jo anne ross
s/v little pearl
falmouth cutter 26-7

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: ross8350 (IP Logged)
Date: March 23, 2012 03:22AM
Category: Accessories

are you able to remove it completely for below deck storage?

jo anne ross
s/v little pearl
falmouth cutter 26-7

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: Terrier (IP Logged)
Date: March 23, 2012 07:13PM
Category: Accessories

Hello jo anne,
I have used a 4-step folding ladder from http:www.cruisingconcepts.com. It connects to the genoa track and is easily stored. (well sort of, considering it is a ladder!)

Tom
"Terrier"

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: ross8350 (IP Logged)
Date: March 24, 2012 01:33AM
Category: Accessories

thanks tom.

does your fourth step extend below the waterline?

jo anne ross
s/v little pearl
falmouth cutter 26-7

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: Terrier (IP Logged)
Date: March 24, 2012 04:35PM
Category: Accessories

I believe it does. Mostly I just use it folded to enter from the dinghy or dock.

Tom
"Terrier"

Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: dwkayaks (IP Logged)
Date: March 30, 2012 03:11AM
Category: Accessories

Ahoy JoAnn , I asked my SS Fabricator to copy this Mystic design with some changes.

I liked the sales pitch, that you could deploy this ladder from in the water, by pulling on a line dangling at waterline level.

There are a few problems to deploy the ladder this way, but maybe Mystic has worked them out.

Yes, you do need underwater step or perferably steps, plural .

My 5 steps are about 11" apart, and hopefully the attached photo shows how I mounted it on a bronze "T" track screwed to the bulwarks.

My ladder is way too heavy and I would like to have another one fabricated in aluminum.

Yes, you can easily detach it to stow below, but I have way too much stuff below already, so I leave it in it's folded up position. Under sail I have to slide it forward on it's track, because my jib sheet turning block needs that boarding gate area for the strop attachment.

There are things that don't show in the attached pic, like the deployed position stand off legs,,, only one touches down just below on the boot stripe.

I consider my swim ladder a v important piece of my boat gear, as I use it not only for scuba diving, but entering my sea kayak and dinghy.

I do climb it up and down with fins on , but would also like to try those "T" Bar step ladders designed for divers, my time for that is coming soon.

Do your research well or you might have to live with a poor decision for a long time .

Cheers

BTW , On a BCC , I was taught a way to climb back onboard up through the vee opening of the boomkin.





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Re: boarding ladder
Posted by: ross8350 (IP Logged)
Date: March 31, 2012 12:35PM
Category: Accessories

thanks for sending along the pic. here's what i know so far. four rungs is way too short for me to board after a swim. the first rung just touches the waterline. i made myself an etrier out of webbing. it works but yuk! i'd like to have two rungs at least underwater. the ability to deploy the ladder from the water is intriguing. i do have a wichard webbed ladder that hangs on the stern pulpit for just that kind of emergency, but it would be nice to have a much more substantial (stainless) ladder
that had that same deployment feature.
unfortunately, the boomkin on my boat is much shorter that the bcc. there is no humanly way possible to pass thru that eye. so that's out for me.

where would you mount your dive ladder?

you are right about living with it for a long time. my mistake smiling smiley i mean.

jo anne ross
s/v little pearl
falmouth cutter 26-7



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