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Old 05-01-2014   #1
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ladders - what say the buzzards

Family float - thinking of getting a ladder for ease of (re)entry. 22" tubes on the raft. Thoughts? Suggestions on a ladder?

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Old 05-01-2014   #2
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I saw this ladder on Clavey web site the other day looks good.

Raft Ladder €“ Clavey Paddlesports Online Store

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Old 05-02-2014   #3
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I can tell you there is no ease in any of the ladders I have used to get in my old round boat. As soon as I step in the ladder goes under the boat and you fall backwards in the water. Takes some practice, I have had my leg caught in it more times than not. 10.00 + shipping if you are interested? lol
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Old 05-02-2014   #4
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Look At My Ladder On The First Page Of Raft Porn.
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Old 05-02-2014   #5
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Originally Posted by nicho View Post
I saw this ladder on Clavey web site the other day looks good.

Raft Ladder – Clavey Paddlesports Online Store
I have a couple of these and they work great.
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Old 05-02-2014   #6
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If I were to get one, it would be this one....!/~/produc...98&id=10431498

Pricey, but looks more stable than the Nettie ladder.
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Old 05-02-2014   #7
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I have the GCPBA ladder and several models of the other way cheaper brands.

My opinion, the GCPBA is by far the easiest to use and by far costs the most. Join GCPBA and get a discount on the ladder.

The other versions work but take a lot of expertise and often some luck.

My opinion, the best raft boarding ladder other than the GCPBA version was a home made one made from metal EMT conduit for the steps and thin wire cable to hang the steps on. I suppose a light weight chain would work even better than the thin wire cable. You home builders can make a good version using the EMT etc materials.
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Old 05-02-2014   #8
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I've made a couple ladders exactly like the Clavey ladders for ~ $18 ea. Easy to make. The most expensive part is the bag. I've used the ladders many times after doing a cool off swim. Not too hard to use once you get the hang of it. I would be careful if kids use it, they might slide their leg through a rung and get tangled.
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Old 05-02-2014   #9
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I have the one from Clavey. Used it once. Haven't even taken it on the trips since.

They aren't as easy as they look, they want to swing under the boat when you step on the bottom rung. Makes it nearly as difficult to get in as just pulling yourself in using the frame or other grabs on the boat itself. i ended up wanting my family to get in the habit of being able to get back in the boat without. In the event of an unexpected swim, I don't want them relying on a ladder that may or may not be in the boat, on the side they are on, etc.

Yes, it may be a family float, but no better time to practice getting in and out than a family float! My kids end up making a game of it, and are starting to be able to do it now.
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Old 05-02-2014   #10
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For the few times we use it the nettie works for us.

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