Folding Ladder - Universal Mount
Good product for the money!
I own a Tracker Pro 17 deep V and the gunwales are a lot higher off the water than a regular bas boat. I fish all winter long and started wondering about getting back into the boat should I fall out. I had always planned on using the cavitation plate on the outboard to get back in, but thought "what if this doesn't work or I have someone with me that can't do this?"
The reviews on this product aren't very good for aluminum boats, but I don't think the writers actually knew the internal structure of an aluminum boat.
Almost nearly all aluminum boats have a wooden stiffener in the transom from 1 1/2-2" thick. Mine is 2" thick.
I "lagged" the mounting brackets to the transom with 2 #14x2" SS sheet metal screws per bracket. This makes for an exteremely strong installation. When I grab the side rails and shake, it shakes the whole boat... I wouldn't be afraid to pull a skier or tube with one of the side rails!
This installation is fairly easy and only took about 2 hrs., I think I could do another one now in half the time.
This is a good product for the price!!!
January 21, 2010
I have been looking for a ladder for my V-17 Tracker for 4 years now. Although I was impressed with this ladder when I saw it at BPS, I was somewhat apprehensive about this ladder because of what I read in other's reviews. Finally, I went with my first impression and purchased one. I have NO REGRETS! Some would say it is difficult to attach, some say it is not sturdy enough, etc. However if you take the time, install it correctly (or have a shop install it for you) you will be very pleased with the results. You supply your own attaching hardware. I used 4 stainless steel bolts with locking nuts to attach the top of the ladder (as this is where most of the pulling takes place). However, I did not have access to get a nut on the bottom bolts, Therefore, I drilled through the aluminum transom and attached the bottom part of the ladder using #12 stainless steel metal screws. It took about an hour and a half to complete, and, although I could do it much faster now, it was well worth the time to do it right. The kids have a safe way to re-enter the boat and I now don't have to worry about how to get back into the boat should I fall in while fishing alone. If you're looking for a nice looking, quality ladder that you don't have a problem with installing correctly, this is the one for you. I LOVE IT!
April 11, 2013
Works for me
I installed the two step ladder on a 2004 PT 175. I was able to drill and tap the holes for the mounting brackets. This ladder looks as if it came on the boat. It functions well and will flip up to the closed position by itself if you forget to raise it. I found it to be very sturdy after it was installed and all the hardware was tightened.
June 24, 2009
I ordered the 2 step and 3 step to see which fit best. I have a flats boat with a poling platform, shallow transom and not much room (due to poling platform and jack plate). I wound up using the 2 step due to my shallow transom. Both are quality ladders. I recommend the three step if the folded length fits your transom (above the bottom of the boat and water swale while under power). If you are a large person, the width may present problem and you may want a wider ladder. For average and below sized folks, this ladder works great. Easy to mount. Easy to use. Perfect for my application.
August 24, 2011