My ladder came today. I can't wait to figure out how I'll mount it, then go try it out next time I take that boat out.
I tried one out five years ago that a friend had on his boat. It was super easy to use. I don't know if my memory is faulty, if they have more "snap" when new, or this is part of the design improvements, but it seems like the retracting hardware is stiffer/stronger. Groovy! I also don't remember the grip tape, but again -- it was one time I hopped off the boat to see how it worked, and it was five years ago.
My plan is to mount it between two D-rings so it is attached mid-way along the tube rather than mount to the frame. That way it will work to get ON the boat if the boat decides to pretend it's a kayak and do the "F" thing.
How are YOU mounting YOUR rungs to your boat?
My name isn't actually Will.
I live in the Willamette Valley about a half mile from the Willamette River.