Finding the Right Boat Ladder
During the summer, as folks are more frequently going for dips in the waters they play in, we frequently get questions similar to this: "I have a 1997 XYZ 27' Bowrider Boat, I'm trying to replace my boat ladder. Help!!!"
Most often, these boaters are trying to exactly duplicate the ladder they had on their boat to begin with; essentially they're trying to avoid drilling new holes. Unfortunately, this is sort of a bad news/bad news proposition.
First bad news: if your boat is more than 10 years old or so, it may be tough to find an exact duplicate of that ladder. Second bad news, if your boat is newer the boat manufacturer may be able to connect you with a new replacement ladder but expect to pay through the nose for it. $400-600 is a fair estimate.
Your other option is to purchase a replacement ladder from a company like ours. You'll pay something more reasonable, say in the range of $100-$150. The drawback with this option is that the ladder will not be an identical match to your current ladder, although it may be a close match. Ultimately, expect to be drilling a couple of new holes, but you'll have peace of mind knowing you've got a new, reliable ladder in place!
There are four essential reasons for installing a bimini top cover on your boat:
- Protection from the elements
- Protect your boat
- Quick and easy to change from open-air to shelter as needed
Preventing water collecting or pooling on your boat cover is best achieved by providing a proper boat cover support system or frame beneath the cover.
Boat cover support systems can be installed by a professional, come in kits ready to self-install, or can be created from scratch as a DIY project.
Follow these 7 boat maintenance tips to avoid mechanical issues when boating:
- Do routine inspections
- Check/charge your battery
- Check electrical system
- Keep it clean
- Dock or moor correctly
- Service your motor
- Check your bilge pump