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Old 03-13-2010, 08:12 AM
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Default Swim ladder with trim tabs?

I would like to add a swim ladder to my Kencraft 206 but I'm not sure if I can with the trim tabs. I'm not adding it for swimming, just a safety feature so that I can climb back into the boat if I need to .

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Looks like a platform-style swim step would be the only way to go.
http://www.boatfix.com/shop3/store/v...dProduct=20557

Or else, hang a folding ladder off the side rather than off the stern.
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Yeah, I'd go that route (the platform).

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Something like these:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...tial/0/0?N=377 710&Ne=0&Ntt=swim platform&Ntk=Primary Search&Ntx=mode matchallpartial&Nao=0&Ns=0&keyword=swim platform&isLTokenURL=true&storeNum=5&subdeptNum=64 1&classNum=0

I've got one on my boat and it clears the trim tab just fine.
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Cut a half-circle on the forward side of the platform to clear the actuator on a ladder like the AFI ones. Works like a charm...
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it can definitely be done parker puts tabs on their smaller boats with small swim platforms and the tabs are set up the same way as on your boat
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This may work too...
http://www.windline.com/index.php?ac...models&prod=34

Great ladders, easy to use...much easier to climb than the flip down ones. The angle should allow it to clear the tabs.

If you get one, get the DLB-9 mount, so if you forget and leave the ladder in the water, it will kick up.
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This may work too...
http://www.windline.com/index.php?ac...models&prod=34

Great ladders, easy to use...much easier to climb than the flip down ones. The angle should allow it to clear the tabs.

If you get one, get the DLB-9 mount, so if you forget and leave the ladder in the water, it will kick up.
It's pretty hard to deploy one of those from the water.... "just a safety feature so that I can climb back into the boat if I need to ".
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Heres another set of boarding ladders. You can also check BassPro.com. The advantage of these is they discourage people from stepping on your steering ram and bending it. They do clear your tabs by 3 ot 4".



http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...s&merchID=4005

MOUNT the platform 3/4" above the trim tab actuators. DO NOT cut the platform to fit platform lower. It weakens the platform and makes it look tacky. With it mounted above the actuator you will be able to sit on it dry and stick your feet in the water. with both handles on the platform it is a lot easier to board than with one handle and you can install one on each side of stern so kids can hog one and you can still get in and out.

When you sit on platform you will be about 5 -6" off the water. Or about half a step.

YOu will need only two thru transom screws for top handles and wide washers and nuts for inside transom. The bottom does not to be through the transom as it does not bear a lot of load. A stainless lag wood screw is fine for bottom. All the load is on top two screws.

these will just float up and drag if you forget the. If you forget The windline they will tear off the boat taking a chunk with them.
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If it is just to get back in the boat, why can't you just use the trim tabs as steps? Might be worth a try.
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Here are a few pix of the installation on my Maycraft 1800:
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This is the ladder I'm considering.

http://www.topsntowers.com/Gallery.a...er&id=Ladder_4
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That looks a lot like a factory swim platform. It's too difficult to add after the boat is built. Once the liner is in place it's almost impossible to get behind the screws to get nuts on them.
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Here's an idea
i have a teak one on my 20ft mako and thats what i had to do when i mounted trim tabs works perfect
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Thanks for all of the great ideas!
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This is my platform and it works very well. The steps fold down twice making it easy to get on and off the boat even if it's on the trailer
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For me, the cheaper solution was right foot on cavitation plate, left foot on trim tab, and left hand in hawse hole for aft cleat. Maybe you can give it a try before before spending the cash and doing all the work?

Either way, kudos to you for considering how to get back in your boat. Most people don't give it a thought until they are freezing their butts off and trying to get back in.
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