I saw a 42 Catalina this week with a nice aluminum boarding ladder. Picture attached. It is pinned in place with two removable pins in brackets. Very sturdy.

I saw the same ladder on a Hatteras this week too. That tells me it was not a Chris Craft specific design. Someone must have made these and maybe still does.

Looking to get something like it for my 410 Commander. Anyone know anything about these boarding ladders?


John  Brock

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Looks like Marquipt brackets and sea ladder. You can find them at http://www.marquipt.com



I think you may have nailed it. Marquipt did not show up on any of my searches. Thanks for pointing me toward them. I have sent them an enquiry.


I finally got serious and bought a Marquipt sea ladder. Their 24" wide , four step unit looks like the perfect fit for my 410. Cost about $1800. Hope to have it in hand next week for installation. Plan to mount the brackets horizontally on the teak toe rail.

I have  the original folding wood ladder and two pair of mounting brackets from the 1973 410 Commander. It is in good shape except the bottom step failed. It is very heavy. Painted white. Available.


John Brock

Here’s one locally in the mid Atlantic if anyone wants a discount:

I have 2 Marquipt ladders. A tide ride model and the one thats in the pic. I needed a part. I have 6 calls and left voice mails over a 2 week period. No return calls. Hey but their web site says they have great customer service. I have a local fabrication shop making me a new one BTW. I'll send a pic when its done

John I think your going to find that mounting the brackets on top of the toe rail will give you an angle on the steps.  We have one on our 41 and the brackets are mounted on the glass between the rubrail and teak toe rail and the steps are nice and flat

I finally installed the Marquipt sea ladder this spring. I bought a 4 step, 24" wide unit. Three steps would be fine and cost less. Mounting to the teak toe rail worked out fine. Steps are flat.

I have the original wood ladder and mounting hardware if anyone is interested. I think it is mahogany. Painted white. Was too heavy for me to conveniently handle.

The aluminum ladder is very light by comparison.

John Brock


John, I have a similar ladder but not sure of the manufacturer as it was with the boat when I bought it. The fourth ladder step is a big bonus for us because we have seats across the entire back of the boat while underway so we cannot exit via the swim platform unless we move furniture. We always use one of the two side entrances when we are boarding and leaving the boat via inflatable. Not sure what the price difference was but when I replace I'm going for the four step model again. I also had the stairs that folded with a railing and dock wheels but that was too far rotted to use. Great design though.

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