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Old 28-01-2011, 06:05   #16
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Access in Step

Wow, cool... is the access port big enough to store anything like a stern anchor road (maybe the flat 2" webbing type)?

Adding storage there is something I'm debating, but up a step and bigger.

Also, we have the next step style up that is a complete step unit that is (i think) glued in place.

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Old 29-01-2011, 06:08   #17
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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Furface, it is probably good enough assuming you use sealants and washers (probably barrel washers, which are larger and spread the load more) under the nuts so the bolts don't pull them through the wood eventually.

Since even the best of wood is vulnerable to rot, you might try Grainger or McMaster who used to stock thick fiberglass board, i.e. 1/2" or 3/4" fiberglass similar to what circuit boards are made up on. The stuff is heavy, but strong and inert. It simply can't rot. I'd glue it (that's arguable) inside the transom before the drilling and bolting. An adhesive will help to spread the load evenly between the backer and the transom, rather than point-loading on the bolts.

Paul's suggestion of using tracks or mounts instead of a fixed ladder would be more work and cost, but a more elegant solution. Somehow, anything that's bolted down finds a way to become an obstruction some time.<G>
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If you could give an idea of what the cross section of the track that
you mentioned looks like, i will look for it, sounds like a much better

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Old 31-01-2011, 18:24   #18
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storage in stern

The port is only about 6 inches across. You could probably store something in there, but you'd have to remove some foam. Especialy if you move it up a step.

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