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WEST MARINE Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders

These portable ladders hook right over your boat’s gunwale with a hull hugging design and ladder standoffs for added safety. They’re lightweight and fold flat for easy stowing. Plus, they float if accidentally dropped overboard! Premium vinyl covered hooks protect gunwale surfaces and are offered in two sizes. Thick non-skid steps feature an Ultra Traction tread that’s kind to your feet. Keep one accessible on board your boat for swimming, skiing and emergencies. 225lb. capacity.

  • Mounting Style: Hook over gunwale
  • Material: Heavy-duty 1" aluminum tubing, vinyl hooks and step treads
  • Dimensions: 3-step: 36"L x 15"W; 4-step: 48"L x 15"W
  • Warranty: One year
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladder, 3 Steps, 7" Gunwale Width 9278433 85103A
In stock online.

Reg. $54.99

Save $11.00

$43.99

Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladder, 3 Steps, 11" Gunwale Width 9278441 85103B
In stock online.

Reg. $54.99

Save $11.00

$43.99

Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladder, 4 Steps, 7" Gunwale Width 9278458 85104A
In stock online.

Reg. $64.99

Save $13.00

$51.99

Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladder, 4 Steps, 11" Gunwale Width 9278466 85104B
In stock online.

Reg. $64.99

Save $13.00

$51.99

Product Description

These portable ladders hook right over your boat’s gunwale with a hull hugging design and ladder standoffs for added safety. They’re lightweight and fold flat for easy stowing. Plus, they float if accidentally dropped overboard! Premium vinyl covered hooks protect gunwale surfaces and are offered in two sizes. Thick non-skid steps feature an Ultra Traction tread that’s kind to your feet. Keep one accessible on board your boat for swimming, skiing and emergencies. 225lb. capacity.

  • Mounting Style: Hook over gunwale
  • Material: Heavy-duty 1" aluminum tubing, vinyl hooks and step treads
  • Dimensions: 3-step: 36"L x 15"W; 4-step: 48"L x 15"W
  • Warranty: One year

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West MarinePortable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders
 
3.7

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (30)
  • Easy to install (16)
  • Safe (16)
  • Reliable (14)
  • Holds boat securely (6)

Cons

  • Poor design (9)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (23)
  • Open water (8)
  • Large boats (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (21), Advanced (13), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It does the trick

I needed a way to on and off a Grady-White 20' Center Console while it was on our boat lift. It is perfect for that task. It is light, the bottom standoffs are...Read complete review

I needed a way to on and off a Grady-White 20' Center Console while it was on our boat lift. It is perfect for that task. It is light, the bottom standoffs are the correct distance near the waterline, it is made from a sturdy plastic, and it secures itself over the side of the boat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solution for short standoffs

The standoffs were too short making the ladder useless on our boat.
I purchase a piece of 1" aluminum tubing from the hardware store and replaced the original 4 3/4 inch...Read complete review

The standoffs were too short making the ladder useless on our boat.
I purchase a piece of 1" aluminum tubing from the hardware store and replaced the original 4 3/4 inch standoffs with 10" tubes that work perfectly on our boat.
Instructions:
Dis-aseemble the origianl standoffs, examining how they are built and function.
Drill the two holes on each end of the new tubing. I used the holes in the ladder for my guide. Use a 5/16 drill bit.
Cut each end of the tubing to your length.
Reinstall the button clips in the newly cut tubing.
Reinstall the protective end caps on the end of the new tubing that presses against the hull when in use.
Reinstall the big rubber end caps.
Push the buttons in and slide the new tubing into the brackets on the ladder, just like they were originally set.
Your all set.

Basically you are just duplicating the construction of the original standoff tubes with ones you'll cut to your own length.
It's very simple and takes less than an hour or so....and, i'm someone who has to call in help just to change the paper towel roll in the kitchen!

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5.0

So glad I bought this ladder!!!

By Freedom Girl

from Sacramento

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable
  • Safe

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

      I am so happy that I bought this ladder before we went on vacation! It is so convenient and made getting in and out of the boat so much easier. It sits perfectly on the side of the boat and folds flat to store in the boat when not in use. Very easy to get on and out. It even floats. The only thing that I am disappointed about, is the maximum weight limit. I am not able to have all of my family and friends go boating with is because they weigh more than the limit, but besides that, it's perfect!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Recomend

      By fishhead

      from Pleasant Hill

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable
      • Safe

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

          Works very well on my 22 ft Bayliner boat.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Nice boat ladder

          By Doug

          from Northern Virginia

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Holds Boat Securely
          • Safe

          Cons

          • Corrodes

          Best Uses

          • Small Boats

          Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

          You need to determine if it security fits with your boat design.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          I would not buy this garbage again.

          By Whaaaat

          from Crystal River Fl

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Does Not Hold Boat
            • Poor Design
            • Unreliable
            • Waste of money

            Best Uses

            • NONE

            Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

            Nothing great about this product

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Product that gets the job done

            By Xtreme plumber

            from Collinsville Ok

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

                Bought this ladder for my bass boat to use for swimming. I didn't want to spend 100's of dollars to mount a ladder to my boat. It does the job quite well. Little bit wobbly being it is just a hanging ladder, but it does float!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                What a great product

                By Stiggy

                from Medford ma

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Holds Boat Securely
                • Reliable
                • Safe

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Boats

                  Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

                  I love the ladder makes getting back into boat a breeze. Only issue i had was the arms that rest in lower part of boat went under the boat. So measure good when buying or u can drill mew holes and move the arms up or down.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Does the job

                  By Canuman

                  from Vermont

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Boats

                    Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

                    I don't expect a lifetime out of this product. It's adequately built for casual or occasional duty, but obviously will not stand up to constant, hard use. It fit a boat with a canoe stern, upon which which was difficult to mount a permanent swim ladder.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    This portable ladder fits perfectly on the side of my boat.

                    By none

                    from San Diego, Ca

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Open Water
                      • Small Boats

                      Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

                      It stows away easily and I can get it in place in seconds if it is needed. A necessary safety item for any boat.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Not sturdy at all

                      By Link

                      from Palm beach

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

                          Collapses under use

                           
                          5.0

                          West marine swim ladder☆☆☆☆☆

                          By Tony

                          from Pensacola

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Small Boats

                            Comments about Portable Gunwale-Mount Boarding Ladders:

                            Great product would recommend to anyone

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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