I have made one set of steps and acquired 2 others from the marina in the past 5 years. I weigh 280 lbs., so stairs and I have an issue. Last year my brother-in-law suggested that I build a sling step for my 6 foot sides. I was not really interested in a sling step but when he said he would build it for me, I was all for it. It is 2 24"X12"X1" boards, that make a perfect 2 inch step glued together. 2 4 foot lines that go thru the step and attach to a clip on the sail runner. Perfect! cheap
to build and has now lasted longer then any set of steps I have ever had. It also makes it easy to come inot a slip and step off. Hope you can use this idea for your boat. Fair winds and following seas.
David Gearhart S/V Denali ( a 32' Coronado sloop)