I just cruised into this section of the forum and, was impressed by some of what I've seen and read. And that provoked me to show my latest little project with my boat, just before we got the Jeep. We recently acquired a 22.5" Kayot deck boat and, like many deck, pontoon and tritoon boats, due to the nature of them sitting so high on the trailer, it's sometimes almost impossible to gain access to the inside of them to perform maintenance, load or unload them etc.
So, I've seen many front-load, trailer mounted ladders on versions of these type and style of boats. So, I figured what the heck, I'll build one. it wasn't overly hard but, it did take a bit of calculating. It's primarily three types of metal. The mounting plate, the part that's used to attach to the ladder to the trailer, is 1/2" thick, 4" wide x 12" long, cold-rolled flat stock.
The hand rails are 1.25" x .150 wall hot rolled tubing. The hand rail was not ONE PIECE when I started. It was three pieces, that I had bent at a local metal fab shop, into different radius's, to be laid out, on top of each other, to piece together to make one long piece, that LOOKS like it was one piece, to begin with.
The steps, are 2" x 2" x 1/4" wall, hot rolled box tubing. I had to figure angle, height and rise to run, to end up with enough steps so that the rise between each one was not over powering. Well, there's a bit more to all the calculations and fitment, suffice to say, it was a fun project and, took a bit of head scratching. When it was all done, and mounted on the trailer for a test, I was really happy with the results.
I knew that the recycle/metal supply place had some tubing plugs for the step treads so, there was no need to box the ends up. Once the test was done and, I was thoroughly happy with the stability and strength, it was time to figure out what color for powder coating. I removed it and headed down to the local powder coater. I looked at some samples of color and came up with what you see in the pics. It's a Hammer-tone silver/black combo. I love it.
When it was done, powder coated, plugs in the ends of the steps, I added some self stick, non-skid to each tread. Done. In some of the pictures of the hand rail, you're looking at multiple welds, (remember, multiple pieces, pieced together, to form one long handrail) but, you cannot tell where the welds are at.
All of my friends think the handrail was one piece, bent to the specs and dimensions needed. Not so.
Now, entering and exiting that boat, while on it's trailer is ultra simple and less taxing, even while carrying equipment and or tools etc. Your thoughts?
P.S. This was all welded with a Millermatic 185 Mig welder. All the cuts, for ALL pieces of metal, were done with a Miller Spectrum 375 Extreme Plasma Cutter, including cutting the round tubing.