I got a dog ramp
that slides to open up, 72", made from black marine
grade polymer. It has 3" sides and outdoor carpet for grip. It's from dogramp.com
. Got it used at a swap-meet.
Drilled holes in flat lip that is meant for laying on the edge of a tailgate. Ran rope
thru it to make a loop big enough to drop over a mooring
cleat on the dock
or the side of the boat. On the dock
the flat lip sits on the edge of the dock and is held fast by the rope
. On the boat the rope is longer and allows the lip of the ramp
to brace against the hull
. A towel hung over the side to protect your gelcoat
might be a good idea. This way Cara gets up the ramp and can hop over into the cockpit
To float it I scavenged some packing Styrofoam cubes from an electronics
store. They are duck taped to the underside of the ramp and can be adjusted up or down for correct flotation.
Does this make sense? I think you could make this pretty easily, sans the sides, and sliding feature, but they don't seem to make a big difference. The carpet glued on the ramp is important for traction. Even the flattened lip at the top is not critical. It serves no function when used on the boat and a straight ramp could be braced against the side of the dock in the same manner.
could be used instead of the Styrofoam and like hello sailor says, a board would work. I like the polymer, light and dries fast.
The ramps made for water
use seemed expensive and the modifications the ordinary one needed were easy.