Bow access ladder from trailer?

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Any ideas on adding a step or ladder to access a 23' GW Gulfstream from bow on trailer for launching solo? When I launch my 20' Adventure I have a small platform on trailer to step up from. Not sure it will work with new boat with bow pulpit.
 

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Pontoon trailer manufacturers - such as ShoreLand'r, for example. Look at what they use on those trailers - would that work for you?

"Boat trailer steps". Lot's of aftermarket companies.

How limber are you? I climb up and down on various types of boats (larger ones, still, than a 23-footer) using 'built in' steps such as the top of the jack stand and the winch stand. Having rails up there, like the Gulfstream, makes it even easier as it's a nice handhold.
 

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Thanks for the ideas. I'll be looking into them. I am not all that limber, but I climb over the bow of my 20' Adventure from a platfom that was on the trailer when I got it. May end up doing the same thing but I'm concerned of the bow pulpit on the new boat hitting the 'platform' when loading boat. Will just have to work out the heights. Take care. Len
 

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As long as you keep the platform below the top of the winch stand and forward of the winch post, there won't be any problems. Most likely, the further forward of the winch post you go, the higher the platform could be. But I would think that the height of the winch stand top should be sufficient? Or, I bet you could build the steps/platform off to the SIDE of the winch stand - which allow the top step to be higher. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a reason why it couldn't be to the side?
 

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After reading your first suggestion, I googled pontoon trailer ladder and eventually got to Quality Mark's bow step. Cool idea, and gave me a good start on making my own if I decide to go that route. I appreciate your description for where to mount. Thanks.
Len
https://www.qualitymarkinc.com/bow-step
 

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The ones I have seen are not all that great. Someone must make a decent one by now (I hope..). I tried a rope ladder with plastic steps years ago. It really didn't work well. Spun around, was unstable and generally non-supportive when you needed it to be. If the boat has a bow rail, this is another thing you have to learn to deal with. I didn't trailer much, but found the best was to have 2 competent people. One in the boat at launch and one driving and releasing the boat and then parking the trailer. Always better to have 2-3 people anyway.
 

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After reading your first suggestion, I googled pontoon trailer ladder and eventually got to Quality Mark's bow step. Cool idea, and gave me a good start on making my own if I decide to go that route. I appreciate your description for where to mount. Thanks.
Len
https://www.qualitymarkinc.com/bow-step
That's an interesting one - I've seen some good ones, but had never seen that one, yet. The 4-step will get you 30" above the trailer - is that enough, though?

Another idea... if you built the 'platform' at the height/location you wanted (using the winch stand as the securement location, you could use a telescoping ladder. This is a3-step, but they are available in 4-step, as well. http://www.marinepartdepot.com/ststteswla3s.html?ref=lexity&_vs=google&_vm=productsearch&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_ob46_ep4QIVAaeGCh0XjwE2EAQYAiABEgJPKfD_BwE
 

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If it were me...I would take a wheelchair lift...extend the boom...have it crane me up and drop me on the boat...lol...

Yes, I was joking...but some of you went, “That might work....”

Lol

R
 

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Here is one made by Magic Tilt Trailers. Click to enlarge.Trailer Ladder.jpg