Getting back aboard

After of couple of years of climbing up the rudder and boomkin, I
finally bit the bullet and got a real boarding ladder. I had a Michigan
outfit called Tops-in -Quality build it. It folds in three sections and
can either ride in the safety line gate or detaches with two quick pins and
fits in the lazarette. It was a bit pricey…$630… but seems to be
nicely done and is a great deal easier to use. I will be happy to take
some digital photos and send to anyone interested.
For having done this all on the phone and with e-mail, they got it
very close to perfect. There are a couple of minor mounting bracket mods
that I will be telling the builder about.

Tom

Tom Harrer
S/V Whitewings III

I would be very interested in seeing some photos, either on the board or at
my email address: dioscouri@hotmail.com

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Subject: [bcc] Getting back aboard

After of couple of years of climbing up the rudder and boomkin, I
finally bit the bullet and got a real boarding ladder. I had a Michigan
outfit called Tops-in -Quality build it. It folds in three sections and
can either ride in the safety line gate or detaches with two quick pins and
fits in the lazarette. It was a bit pricey…$630… but seems to be
nicely done and is a great deal easier to use. I will be happy to take
some digital photos and send to anyone interested.
For having done this all on the phone and with e-mail, they got it
very close to perfect. There are a couple of minor mounting bracket mods
that I will be telling the builder about.

Tom

Tom Harrer
S/V Whitewings III

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Please send photos
Jim
jhiller@ameritech.net
On Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at 12:27 PM, Tom Harrer wrote:

After of couple of years of climbing up the rudder and
boomkin, I
finally bit the bullet and got a real boarding ladder. I had a
Michigan
outfit called Tops-in -Quality build it. It folds in three sections
and
can either ride in the safety line gate or detaches with two quick
pins and
fits in the lazarette. It was a bit pricey…$630… but seems to be
nicely done and is a great deal easier to use. I will be happy to take
some digital photos and send to anyone interested.
For having done this all on the phone and with e-mail, they
got it
very close to perfect. There are a couple of minor mounting bracket
mods
that I will be telling the builder about.

Tom

Tom Harrer
S/V Whitewings III

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Hi Tom,

I would be very interested in a picture(s) of your boarding ladder. I
thought the one I had was good enough to allow a person to climb back on
board but a recent swim by my wife(slightly arthritic) proved otherwise.

Thanks in advance.

Denis N Ripley
‘Bristol Cream’
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From: “Tom Harrer” <whitewings@charter.net >
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Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 10:27 AM
Subject: [bcc] Getting back aboard

After of couple of years of climbing up the rudder and boomkin, I
finally bit the bullet and got a real boarding ladder. I had a Michigan
outfit called Tops-in -Quality build it. It folds in three sections and
can either ride in the safety line gate or detaches with two quick pins
and
fits in the lazarette. It was a bit pricey…$630… but seems to be
nicely done and is a great deal easier to use. I will be happy to take
some digital photos and send to anyone interested.
For having done this all on the phone and with e-mail, they got
it
very close to perfect. There are a couple of minor mounting bracket mods
that I will be telling the builder about.

Tom

Tom Harrer
S/V Whitewings III

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Hi,

We had to rethink our getting aboard situation in '98 after a
hurricane damage re-build. We didn’t replace the heavy rubrail we
originally installed along the wale strake. The rail was large enough
to both use as a step to get aboard from the dink and to hang a swim
ladder from for climbing out of the water.

In a last-though effort before leaving Venezuela we cobbled together
a step and separate swimladder from teak left over from replacing the
wale strake. Although ment to be a temporary solution, it has worked
out great.

The five-step ladder folds up short enough to stowe along the
lifelines and the step is kept in the lazerette. The stainless strap
hinges and keyhole mounting brackets are available from most
chandleries and the matching studs to fit the bracketsk are 3/8 flat-
head machine bolts mounted on the wooden attachments. The most
expense involved is the teak to make the five-foot ladder, maybe $50.

Hopefully, the site below will show pix of the two items. Please
excuse the rough conditions of the wood. It’s been a long hot summer
in Alabama. Also, the water in the heavily treed harbor gets a lot of
debris after storms.

http://photos.photochannel.com/photochannel/control/darkroom/home,phch
.darkroom.control.ScreenHome?cid=fd74337500365

Stan on Waxwing.

Hi Stan:

Always curious about other’s solutions…went to your link to see
your ladder solution and it took me to a sign in page…tried
Stan/waxwing…no joy…

T

Tom Harrer
S/V Whitewings III

Sorry, Tom et al,
Please try the following site:
http://photos.photochannel.com/photochannel/control/photosite/paulmartin/view/showsandphotos,phch.photosite.view.ScreenHome ?
 
 


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Stan:

Thanks for the new link. Good solution but, given the swimming
conditions in the photo, I can’t imagine the ladder gets much
use…yuk…and to think I’ve been whining about the
ring-around-my boot stripe, toothpaste residue from the weekend live
aboards in our marinia…

T

Tom Harrer
S/V Whitewings III

Hey Tom, no one would swim in Mobile Bay unless they were born to it and thus have the inate antibodies to ward off the toxins. I'm sure you understand that the earlier photo was for demonstrating the ladder only.
Here is a more likely spot to enjoy the ladder; Venezuela.
Stan

 


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