Bow rail modification? Bow ladder...

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by The Finn, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. The Finn

    The Finn Member

    32
    Aug 7, 2017
    Helsinki, Finland
    300 Sundancer (335) 2004
    2x Diesel Volvo Penta 285hp
    Hi all,

    All advice appreciated... I would like to open up the bow rail and add a fixed telescope ladder, that ideally would not extend too much out (my peer is a tight park).

    I have removed the anchor as I typically need to anchor from the back. Mostly I am pondering on 2 issues.

    1) when I cut open the bow rail (to avoid hopping over) will I need to strenghten it by adding some additional support?
    2) which standard ladder would fit best, has somebody experience from this (300 Sundancer, from 2004).

    I do not have anybody close to weld any new supports so would need to add a hinge and rail part to attach to deck. I guess the need for this will become clear once the rail is opened. Just trying to plan ahead..

    Thanks, The Finn
     

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  2. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    665
    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    Are you doing this to facilitate getting on and off when "beaching the boat" or for swimming? Not sure I would alter the bow rail. Seems would decrease the resale, or at least limit the resale to someone interested in that customization. We use one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Telescoping-...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
    Goes up and over the bow rail and sits on the deck on a rubber pad. We tie it off to the front cleats. Works quite nicely. Can get some water in it, so I drilled holes in the sections that may come in contact with the water to facilitate drainage. We collapse it down and store it in engine compartment.
     
  3. The Finn

    The Finn Member

    32
    Aug 7, 2017
    Helsinki, Finland
    300 Sundancer (335) 2004
    2x Diesel Volvo Penta 285hp
    Thanks for the idea. It would be for easy front access to pear and also to access Islands easier also from the front. Something like in this pic attached.
     

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  4. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    665
    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    That is pretty sharp, and you still get to have your windlass setup. We do all our boarding from the stern and sides at piers. But I do see where this setup would work nicely depending on circumstances. Good luck with it and post pics.
     
  5. DWABoat

    DWABoat Active Member

    289
    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    The picture looks like a nice feature.

    I highly recommend you keep the ability to anchor from the bow. As I am sure you know, anchoring from the stern in open, moving water (even tidal) is very dangerous and can sink your boat. If you ever needed an urgent anchor in a storm or for a breakdown, it would create a problem.

    Is there any way you can move the anchor roller off to the side just a few inches? I have seen that before.
     
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