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Replying to:Ladder
Having only taken the boat out a couple of times I was shocked the last time out when a mechanic friend and I were on Wivenhoe Dam in SE Qld. He had unsucessfully tried to start the outboard for around 10mins and being 35 degrees and no wind he launched himself over the side to cool off. All was fine until he tried to get back in. The boat has only a small transom step and being over 100kg he had no chance of getting his foot up to the step. After about 5mins of pulling his arm off I slung some rope across the transom and he used it as a step. If it had of been a man o/board situation in a blow we would have been up the creek. So, my question is, is the transom strong enough for a permanent ladder or is a foldaway hanging ladder best. Any suggestions much appreciated. Next time I will just tow the fat bugger :)