Move swim Platform ladder ?

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by DavePant, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. DavePant

    DavePant Member

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    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    I was thinking of moving the ladder to the starboard side of the swim platform. Anyone ever done this, why do they put it on the port side?
     
  2. Soulshine

    Soulshine Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    Do you mind if I ask what’s motivating this?

    I removed a center mounted 2 step ladder that folded up against the transom once in favor of a 4 step telescoping under mount for obvious reasons and it worked out very well.
     
  3. boatmailster

    boatmailster Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2007
    NY
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    Usually they put it on opposite side than transom door. I think reason is safety. You may have a swimmer next to swim ladder while someone other tries to jump right after leaving cockpit. That also allow for installing grab handle and doesnt interfere with transom door in case of ladders folding on top of swim platform.
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    Is this just a simple, bolt-on platform with a bolt-on ladder? That makes things easy - do whatever makes the most sense for you.
     
  5. DavePant

    DavePant Member

    39
    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    Yeah was thinking of using the same ladder just seeing if I could move it to the other side. I would not have the grab handle though. I was thinking of storing bikes on the swim platform. With the ladder near the transom door I would not have to climb over them.
     
  6. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    There's nothing "legally" stopping you from moving it. If it would be more convenient for you and how you use your boat to move it... get 'er done!

    I believe the reason is more in regards to the style of ladder and boarding the boat from the dock. If it's the style of ladder that fits under a trap door or the ladder mounts completely under the platform, then it's not a tripping hazard. However, if it's the style of ladder that lays (exposed) on top the platform (as I would imagine yours is given the year of the boat), then it would be a tripping hazard when boarding.

    Do you have the depth to mount and undermount/slide-out ladder?
     
  7. DavePant

    DavePant Member

    39
    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    The swim platform is probably not deep enough. It is only like 18" or so.
     
  8. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

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  9. DavePant

    DavePant Member

    39
    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    Ahh yeah, those would probably work, thanks! However I might just wait and see but was wondering so I thought I would ask those with more wisdom than I have haha. I cannot afford that really right now I just bought the boat last summer and there are more important things that I need. I will definitely keep those in mind though for later!
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    Understood - just throwing those ideas out there so you knew what your options are.
     
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