Thursday, May 28, 2009

Boating - Easy Emergency Ladder

I had a small length of roap, and the kids and I decided that if I ever fell overboard, or while swimming we might need some help getting up onto the swim-step on the boat.

As you can see, a couple simple pieces of scrap wood (to make it easier on the barefeet) and the rope quickly became a ladder. This is a quick, easy design that is also much cheaper and smaller to stow away than buying a fold-out ladder.

A loop knot on top over a grommet, and the two steps reach deep enough for us to get a 'leg up' onto the swimstep.

When I'm fishing solo in the boat, I will hook it up (when I remember) just in case I should need to get myself back on-board!