A year ago I changed the swimming stairs from starboard to port. Reason is simple: the swimming stairs are in the way when stepping ashore when on starboard.
It turned out:
1. The holes for the mounting screws do NOT align between SB and port. Means you can change the stairs from SB to port without trouble, however the bar from port will not fit SB.
2. The screws just go through the thin fiberglass
, there is nothing behind. And 5 out of the 12 screws were already lame when I unscrewed them.
This is a serious safety
issue: imagine somebody falls overboard
, you have to save him, and in the wild water
the stairs detach from the boat.
Solution was to mount the stairs with bolts i.s.o. screws. These bolts go into compressible tubular nuts. These look like big stainless steel
rivets with thread on the inside which are expanded using a bolt.
Care should be taken to re-position the holes slightly to enable exchange between SB and port.
Only disadvantage is that the outside shower
is now on the other side than the swimming stairs. Not a big issue in the Baltic
and North sea.
Back in the Netherlands
after 3850 nm in the Baltic