John Boor's ladder on Mahseer

I built this myself from 1in stainless and wooden steps. The width of the ladder was determined by the wooden steps. Photo 1 shows the 4 point attachments to give lateral stability.

Photo 2 shows a curved top to allow better access for hips.

Photo 3 shows the ladder extends about 3ft into the water, this is great when you are tired. I use a lanyard attached to the bottom section for lowering and retrieving, the line is wrapped around the tubing only to allow lowering the ladder if you happen to fall in.

This Old Boat book cover This Old Boat by Don Casey

Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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