There’s no worse feeling than not knowing how you’re going to get back onto your board after diving into the lake for a swim or dive. You could force your way up eventually after struggling for a few minutes and denting your dignity in the process as other boat owners in the vicinity entertain themselves with your misery. Not to mention, you could also injure yourself in the process – adding more insult to injury, or wise versa. You get it!
Therefore, boat owners must equip their watercraft with a boarding ladder to save themselves from injuries and shame. However, boat ladders come in different shapes and sizes, so choosing one can be a challenging endeavor, especially for first-time boat owners.
That’s why we’re sharing a brief guide on how to choose the right ladder for your boat so you can meet your design/mounting requirements and get your money’s worth.
Choosing the Right Boarding Ladder for Your Boat
1. Boat Model
The easiest way to pick the right ladder for your boat is by researching the options available for your specific model. This way, you can save time and energy, and quickly head to a boat accessories shop near you to purchase the desired or available option.
2. Mounting Location
You can also mount a ladder in three main locations on your watercraft – under swim platforms, over swim platforms, and on the gunwale. You can choose your preferred mounting location and drill the holes accordingly.
3. Ladder Length
Boarding ladders are available in different lengths or steps, usually between one and four. Choosing the right length depends on your boat’s height from the waterline. Ideally, two-step should suffice for experienced swimmers and boaters since they’re used to pulling themselves up regularly.
4. Build Material
Boarding ladders are typically made from aluminum or stainless steel. Choosing between the two simply depends on your budget and quality requirements. Aluminum is cheaper and lighter but not as strong and durable as more expensive stainless steel.
5. Ladder Type
There are essentially two types of boat ladders – fixed and portable. Portable options include rollable rope ladders and lightweight metal ladders that can be folded down for easy storage. They’re also great for boats without a swim platform. Fixed ladders are suitable for frequent swimmers and divers. Depending on your vessel, you can choose from different options, such as transom ladders, dive ladders, pontoon boat ladders, outboard swim folders, and gunwale ladders, etc.
At EZ Dock Texas, we aim to educate our clients and readers about boat safety and accessories they can purchase to upgrade their vessels and maximize their leisure boating or fishing experience. For dock owners and waterfront residents, we also offer stationary and floating docks along with a vast range of docking and boat accessories.
For more information, feel free to call (800) 654-8168.