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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 it closed. 

OriginalRopeLadder.jpg (92309 bytes)

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.
 
InstalledTelescoping.jpg (56859 bytes) The telescoping ladder installed.
FoldedTelescopingLadder.jpg (47766 bytes) 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.
ExtendedTelescoping.jpg (75256 bytes) 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.