Since first buying the boat I’ve thought a set of handles at the stern would be nice for help getting up the swim ladder, but having never seen any that I liked and were cheap enough to peak my interest I had never done anything about it.  That changed at the Defender spring sale last month when I picked up a couple stainless handles from one of the bargain bins, and it only cost me $15 for the set!

Installation was simple, measured and drilled two holes, sealed them up, and used large 5/16″ washers for backing.  The handles even included the nuts. I sealed them with 4000uv because there is a small gap around part of the handle where it meets the gelcoat where the sealant needs to create a bridge, and butyl would look really bad there as well as attract dirt.  The 4000uv will look nicer and there is a full 1/4″ of sealant in there so there is no concern for elongation issues.

Swim Ladder Handles

Swim Ladder Handles

Wide view of stern

Wide view of stern

They do look slightly oddly angled in the picture, but it’s mostly just the camera angle coupled with the slightly inward bow of the walk through. When the swim ladder is raised everything is clearly straight.

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