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Old 11-24-2006, 10:54 AM
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I want to bolt a dock ladder onto my dock. Any recommendations? I'd like it to be safe/long enough so as to be easy to climb up on from the water. The dock is shown in my signature picture. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:00 AM
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I want to bolt a dock ladder onto my dock. Any recommendations? I'd like it to be safe/long enough so as to be easy to climb up on from the water. The dock is shown in my signature picture. Thanks in advance.
I have a 6 rung aluminum model that bolts to the end of my dock. If I had to do it over, I would get the kind that retracts on itself out of the water as the last two steps require unbolting the whole ladder and cleaning every couple months. Also I'm sure long term it will rot away.....
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:13 AM
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The one shown above is great, but mount it on HEAVY galv. hinges so it'll tilt up outta the water...no cleaning required ...
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:14 AM
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reelapeelin - 11/24/2006 12:13 PM

The one shown above is great, but mount it on HEAVY galv. hinges so it'll tilt up outta the water...no cleaning required ...
WTF was I thinking???....great , simple idea! ..Thx.....
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:16 AM
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I see 3, 4, 5, and 6 rung models; more rungs better? Like if my dad were to fall in (heaven forbid).
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:20 AM
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parkersal - 11/24/2006 12:16 PM

I see 3, 4, 5, and 6 rung models; more rungs better? Like if my dad were to fall in (heaven forbid).
good point.... you have to determine how much tide and how much you need it to be in the water - I'm sure you've tried to climb a swim ladder getting into a boat when only one rung is in the water - a true pain in the A$$ and impossbile for older people....have few rungs in the water at low tide - that's why mine's a 6....probably could have done 5 but not much more $$ for 6......
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:32 AM
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Sal, the ones that have the steps that fold up are best on a stationary dock like you have. Only problem I had was if you're already in the water, lowering it is difficult if not impossible. When mine rotted out a couple years ago a friend gave me a swimming pool ladder he was disgarding. Played with ideas on it for a while and came up with this one. Two pieces of 2x4 drilled here and there and a couple galv hinges, it's about 4 years old now. Works great on a floater, the downside is it takes up a lot of room on the dock and over the water when it's up. In this pict it's tied in the up position for the winter, during the summer there's a short line dangling to pull it down with if you're in the water
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:45 AM
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Thanks guys. My primary concern is having a safe and easy exit from the drink. I think its best for that reason to have the ladder stay in, and I'll just keep cleaning it every now and then.
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:50 AM
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This is what I have on my dock.

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/over...um=74616&fcat=

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Check with Birdsall in West Palm Beach. At the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show they had a ladder that retracted out the water so that the metal would not corrode or get growth on it. If you are in the water, you simply pull down on it and walk up the rungs.
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Old 11-24-2006, 01:05 PM
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I went with a six rung permanent mount for the same reasons as you Parkersal, and the fact is, it's been in there for almost four years. I haven't taken it off even once to clean. Once in a while, when I am cleaning the boat, I will give the steps a quick scrub, and it remains relatively barnacle free. Like you, I prefer my ladder to stay in the water for emergency purposes (kids). Although, the hinge idea with a rope hanging is great. Just pissed that I didn't think of it first.
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:34 PM
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Thanks everyone. I do like your concoction Afish....
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:39 PM
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I've got a 3 step off of my floating dock, it is on a hinge mechanization that has hooks on the ladder that hook on, but can be lifted out of the water for cleaning purposes. I have it mounted so that it is on the inland side of the dock between the cable stays & the gang plank that come down from the fixed pier. This location keeps it out of the way of boats that need to dock, but easily excessable for swimmers. The safety concern that you mention isn't quite as important due to the shoreline being very easy to walk up, especially when the water is at normal levels.
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:41 PM
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The guy 2 doors down - (no, not the dead body direction) has a ramp for his dogs...very cool....
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autobaun70 - 11/23/2006 ] especially when the water is at normal levels.
Is there a definition for normal water level at Lake Murray lately...as opposed to full pool ...
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autobaun70 - 11/23/2006 ] especially when the water is at normal levels.
Is there a definition for normal water level at Lake Murray lately...as opposed to full pool ...

not even remotely funny. The good news is that the lake came up over a 1/4'.........since yesterday. The ramp going down the floating dock no longer requires super human climbing ability to go up and down, so I guess things are looking up. That, combined with the striper's being just outside of my cove, makes it not so bad at this point.
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Sorry autobaun...didn't mean to strike a nerve ....I'm hearing from others the lake's comin' up...we got into some pretty good stripes over in Beaverdam, but they've probably moved on by now...
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