Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New stairs for climbing up to the boat (no more ladder!)

When you're re-building a boat while "on the hard" (not in water), you have to climb up and down a boat ladder many, many times a day. I was sick and tired of the climbing, and it was also dangerous to do so while carrying heavy tools (or my cats) so I decided to build more permanent stairs out of lumber. The boatyard had some stairs available but they were rickety and rusted with sharp bits poking out. Building my own stairs meant I could design them as I preferred too. This consists of two flights of stairs, with two platforms. Since most of my tools were still in storage, I bought a cheap circular saw and drill from Harbor Freight to get the job done. I also placed some rechargeable solar lights on the handrails to light-up the stairway at night. In addition to being able to climb to the boat far more easily, now my cats can climb down the boat to go exploring too.
Ladder on the left, compared to the stairs under construction

Deciding the arrangement of the risers on the first platform

I added another platform on top later

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