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Old 05-26-2012   #1
 
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Rescue Rung

Hi,

Here's a link to a video about a self-stowing raft entry ladder that has proven to be of great use in self-rescue, and in helping folks with larger tubes get back in their boats. Rescue Rung Self-stowing Raft Entry Ladder - YouTube

For those who may have heard of the Rescue Rung, but who are hesitant to buy a mystery product, wonder no more.



Not the maker of the product, but a satisfied user. I actually own two of them -- one of each type.

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Old 05-26-2012   #2
 
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Any idea how much those cost? It would make things a heck of a lot easier for my kids to get back into the boat with one of those gizmos.
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I've used the Netties' Ladder for a few years now. It's a lot smaller (about 5" x 7" packed up) and just as easy to use.
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Hi Kendi,

I got mine years ago when they were cheaper, but IIRC, they are a bit over $100.

I still have my Netties Bags, but never use them any more. True, they are a lot less expensive. But they are very narrow, and your foot slipping through them in the tumult of a rapid could be a problem. Plus, until you have time to re-stow them in their sack, they continue present an entrapment hazard.

The Rescue Rung isn't for everyone, but it's a great product.

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Is there a feature that keeps your foot from slipping through on the rescue rung?
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Is there a feature that keeps your foot from slipping through on the rescue rung?
You could add grip tape if it's not already on the PVC pipe.
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Hi Matty,

They have a textured top surface that nicely grips the sole of your footwear, and minimizes the possibility of slipping either into or off of the rung.

I have both the two- and three-rung versions, and the three works better for me because of the height of the 30" tubes on my big rig. But when I flipped in Pearce a few years ago in the 16' NRS cat, the two rung was all I had and it worked fine.

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I found it on this site GCPBA Online Store is Down for Repair - Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association

$200 for the 3 step ... ouchy
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Hi,

The direct link to the web site evidently is shaky right now. On the GCPBA listserv a few weeks ago, the treasurer said to order by emailing him at treasurer-at-gcpba.org

The info he posted at that time showed this: "Two Step Rescue Rung, 20" when extended, $140.00 ($127.50 for GCPBA members), includes shipping, and the Three Step Rescue Rung, 30" when extended, $195.00 ($177.00 for GCPBA members), includes shipping"


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Old 05-27-2012   #10
 
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I make rafting ladders. They are not retractable but they are under $100 dollars and are custom colors.
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