4 Step Boat Folding Ladder, Stainless Steel - FO4500
MARINE-GRADE MATERIALS: Five Oceans 4 Step Folding Boarding Ladder is Sturdy and Constructed of Marine Grade Type 316 Stainless Steel. High-Quality Welding Joins Steps and Ladder Structure. Steps are covered with black anti-slip and UV-stabilized Rubber Material.
FOLDING DESIGN: Designed to allow for boarding at the transom - mounts directly on the transom. Comes with a strong swivel mounting bracket to retrieve the ladder. Oval Steps to facilitate easy boarding and ensure maximum grip for the user, reducing slippage.
MEASUREMENTS: Ladder Dimension: 35-9/16 inches (903mm) long. Dimensions Between Steps: 9-3/8 inches (238mm). The tubing is 7/8 inches (22mm) thick. Static Weight Capacity 300 Lb - we recommend you use it for under 300 Lb.
EASY INSTALLATION: Nylon Locking Bracket Included. Mounting Hardware: Two (2) Swivel Mounting Brackets. Swivel mounting bracket fits in most angled or curved boat transoms, and can be removable/fixed mounted. Screws to attach the ladder to the transom are not included.
APPLICATIONS: Great for Pontoons, Fishing Boats, Bass Boats, Sport Boats, Daycruisers, Sportyachts, and Sailboats.
PRODUCT NUMBER: FO4500
I bought many ladders for boats and this Five Oceans ladder is the best ever. Very strong, very resistant steel, and great packaging. I'm very happy.
Quite a few older small sailboats still exist from the golden 1970s of fiberglass production, with traditional transoms and the deck being well out of reach of a swimmer. What's needed is a quality ladder, narrow enough to share the transom with an outboard motor or outboard rudder, with enough steps to facilitate boarding from the water. This little ladder is almost perfect - well-made, good-looking, easy to use - about the best design available. But....
1, Still not enough steps. All boarding ladders should have a MINIMUM of TWO full step spaces under the realistic waterline (3 is better). Many people lack the upper-arm strength to clamber up before getting a foothold - now imagine it in chop or truly bad weather. This one would be MUCH better with one or two more steps. I had to fit it high enough to keep the lower corner from dragging in the water with the boat heeled. I was left with only one step below the waterline. I fixed this by BUYING ANOTHER FIVE OCEANS LADDER, removing its bottom section to attach to the ladder already on the boat. This required lots of modifications to both.
2. The hardware tends to be a little lightweight. I replaced all the small-pattern 1/4-20 locknuts and used standard-pattern ones - AND I turned them around so that the naked threads beyond the nuts would not gouge bare feet on the steps.
Five Oceans have got a goof thing going and with a little more attention to real-world detail these products will be top-notch.