I had one on the last boat (CSY 33) and a Cabo Rico
34 would be a good reason to have one. They fold up easy enough and stow in the life lines. Using the appropriate sail track fittings make it easier or you could add permanent fittings. I used a cord to tie it up in the center and it folds down and sleeves slide down to lock the sections into a stiff ladder. You pull those up as you fold the ladder so it bends easily.
They cost a LOT. Get the synthenic steps installed. Ours sat on the rail for 5 years in the weather
and looked new when I sold to a CF member
. The entire ladder and all the parts
are 100% 316 stainless. A lot of really crappy ladders can be had in 304 or 303 Stainless and if you are not on freshwater are a waste of money
. The Mysic products are really made nice and the welds are nice and smooth. These guys really are pros. They make a ton of money
doing custom fly bridges and these they sort of make on the side as a stock item.
I bought because the freeboard was so high and the rear ladder was blocked by the dink on davits
. If I went over I don't think I had any way to get back on. Our current
Gozzard has a whole nother boarding idea I like even better. The transom opens up and folds down making a platform 2 inches off the water
with a fold down two step ladder. It isn't something you could retrofit into any boat. I would not have sold the ladder otherwise.
NOTE: you need two steps under the water
to easily climb a ladder. You may need to saw off the standoffs depending on the distance away from the boat you need the ladder to hang vertical without swinging into the boat. They come perhaps too long so that is a good thing. You use white 1 inch rubber "chair tips". Buy a bunch as they don't last long. Rubber ain't stainless steel
It's the only part that needs service
. I just sprayed off the ladder whenever I did the rest of the boat.