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sasklsv 02-20-2013 4:44 PM

Ladder Access to front of boat?
My dad and I recently split a 2008 Moomba LSV. I will obviously get more use for the wakeboard/surf/skiing use of this boat.
Sometimes my parents like to get dropped off at the beach. As they are not as mobile as they used to be we were wondering if anyone has had some ideas/solutions for easy access off the front of these boats? I have searched alot of things and found a couple things.

This is a basic over the rail solution:

This is a mount version. I like the size of this but not sure it would hold with drilling into the front vs the back of a boat (larger surface area):

This looked ok also but the guy said its for larger boats and would be hard to store:

What do you all think.... or does anybody have anything else?

SkySki 02-21-2013 6:20 AM

I don't have a perfect answer for you. We used to have a similar problem with my last boat (27ft Crownline). I kept a 3 step folding ladder with me. When we would go to the beach to let the kids off, I would just put the ladder out the front on the beach. People could just walk up the ladder and enter the front of the boat. When we went places with a rocky bottom, we would just blow up the kids tube, load people on that and use a rope to pull people from shore to the boat - about 15 feet offshore.

Midnightv10 02-21-2013 5:42 PM

why dont you just back the boat in.. and step off the swim platform..
that is what we do. we will typically throw an anchor off the bow with an anchor buddy attached and then a line off the stern to a sand spike at the shore. when people want to get on and off they just pull the boat into the shore (stretching out the anchor buddy line) and step on and off the swim platform. When we decide to go out and mess around in the boat, we unhook and attach a small bouy to both lines making it easy to re anchor when we return.

moon 02-21-2013 11:45 PM

We do the same as Russ and it is probably cheaper then buying a ladder.

mastercraf 02-22-2013 12:48 AM


Nordicron 02-22-2013 8:52 AM

Do as said by midnight that works really well.

Or buy a Mastercraft with the bow ladder! Great design they have with that. Not sure if any others have now ladders or not.

sasklsv 02-22-2013 2:29 PM

Thanks for the replies.
Backing in the boat would work well if you always know the depth of the beach your coming up to. We do have the box anchor and sand spike so we're set up for it. I guess it will take some learning (don't want to wreck a prop by jamming it into sand, luckily all sand bottom at our lake). This is our first v-drive boat so just trying to get some info. Previously had a few I/O's and obviously easy to beach.

I do like the 3 step ladder idea also. Got a Z5 rack and could just fold up and sit up there with the surfboard.

Again, thanks for the help!

Midnightv10 02-22-2013 3:00 PM

Just remember, the key to the whole backing in thing is the anchor buddy (bungee line).
It keeps your boat out away from the shore until you want to get on or off keeping your prop from grinding up against the shore from waves or current :cool:

srock 02-25-2013 8:58 AM

Understanding your question for ease of access for your parents, the bow is not the best solution. Getting in from any of those ladders is not as simple or stable as using the platform. Throw in a few rollers and the bow access is even worse. If getting on the platform is an issue add a ladder for swimmers or walk plank to the platform itself. If they want to stay dry riding a tube to the boat is a good solution as well.

trentj6930 02-25-2013 10:15 AM

If you have a snad bottom you will not wreck the prop by using the anchor buddy and shore spike to pull you in. But if you power backwards and ground it in to the sand you most likely will. The way that Midnight explained. This is the most common method for us as well. And we also boat on a sandy bottom lake.

stevesny 04-16-2013 12:00 PM

Xwerx Direct carries a bow ladder known as the GR8-White Bow To Beach Ladder

That seems that it would be perfect for what you are looking to do...


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