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Matilda 20 Boarding Ladder
In response to a forum
question about Boarding Ladders, Brooks Northern provided this description of the
telescoping stainless steel ladder which replaced his old rope ladder.
Click on any of the pictures for a full-size image.
The ladder's main
feature is the mounting brackets which hold it vertical for easy
boarding. It is strong and well built and the steps are flattened with
plastic covers for comfort. It came
with very nice stainless backing plates and a Velcro strap to hold
This is the soon-to-be-removed rope
ladder. Its biggest problem is that your feet swing under the
boat and your legs can't do much of the work. You need strong
arms to board. That was okay 20 years ago. If I were
fatigued, I might not have the needed strength today. The
new ladder will be a luxury. It will also be easy for ladies
and my grandkids.
telescoping ladder installed.
The ladder came with a
black Velcro strap to keep it closed. I added the bungee cord for good
measure. It's easy to reach up from the water, pop the bungee ball and
deploy the ladder.
The extended ladder.
The bottom rung is resting on the ground - the three-step model might be
long enough, at least for reasonably-agile sailors.
Last updated 26 February, 2007 - © Matilda Owners Association.