Boat Boarding Ramps

 

Steadi-Plank™ install and set-up

1. Determine the ramp mounting location(s) on your vessel. Make sure that the ramp will be able to move vertically up and down with the change in elevation between the vessel and dock or fixed structure. We also recommend that you keep the mounts horizontally level even if the vessel may not be. Most docks and other fixed boarding areas are horizontally level and this will allow the ramp to better rest on these structures. The Cam Mounts may be mounted horizontally on top of the deck / Gunnels/ Transom / swim platform or vertically on the side of the vessel / transom. (The mounts should be set at 22-3/8" apart on center) If mounted on the side of the vessel, try to set the mounts in a horizontal position that is parallel to the average dock you will be going to. This will allow the ramp to lay flush on the dock. Our ramps are not designed to be cantilevered. They must be supported at both ends either with one of our mounting systems or be resting on a surface.

                                    cam mount install      cam mount       sleeve mount w/ cam insert

                                              Snap Mount Fork   

 

NOTE: The ramp forks with the side slide lock are designed to have the tips of the slide locks break if the non-mounted end of the ramp slides off of the support that it rest on and hits up against something or is pinned between objects. This is designed to help prevent damage to the surface that the ramp is mounted to. The side slide locks are replaceable.

When using our rail mount system with the 3/8” stainless steel rod, make sure that you use the stainless steel flat washer between the end ring and the cam mount to help prevent the ring from pulling thru the mount.rail mount end stop

snap mount fork     snap mount fork with cam mount

                                                  Attaching Ramp The ramp forks with the side slide lock are designed to have the tips of the slide locks break if the non-mounted end of the ramp slides off of the support that it rest on and hits up against something or is pinned between objects. This is designed to help prevent damage to the surface that the ramp is mounted to. The side slide locks are replaceable.


2. Mount the "Cam Mounts" (or Cam Mount with Sleeve Mount) to the ramp and hold them to the vessel mounting location(s).

3. Mark the mounting bolts holes onto the vessel. If using the sleeve mounts, keep in mind that the “Cam” mount plate has to be able to slide in and out of the sleeve mount so you need 2-3/4” to 3” of open clear space above the sleeve mounts.


4. Drill the marked holes and mount the Cam Mounts (or Sleeve mounts) to the vessel using the backing plate and ¼-20 bolt set supplied or #14 stainless steel sheet metal screws. (If the bolts are too long, cut them down. If too short, replace with longer ¼-20 stainless steel bolts). Use a sealant between the Cam Mount (or Sleeve Mount) and the vessel.
The space between the mounts should be 22-3/8" on center.

5. Once the mounts are secured to the vessel and the bedding material has cured, you may connect the ramp to the mounts.


6. If your ramp has two sections, connect the section with the "Fork Mount" to the vessel first, then connect the second section of ramp to the first section with the supplied hardware.

                           Section side Locks

                                    Joined Panels

7. Once the ramp is in place, you may connect the handrail (if you purchased this option) using the supplied detent pins.

(The easiest way to mount the handrail is to put the top rail through the “T”s on the leg stanchions first then insert the leg stanchions into the ramp and secure them.)

        Handrail Leg           Handrail Pin

                                     Top rail

8. Now make sure that all bolts and detent pins and made fast. Go ahead and try it.

9. We hope you enjoy using our Stead i-Plank™ Boat Boarding Ramp and that it will make your boarding easier and safer.


If you have questions, please contact us at 813-645-6666 or E-Mail us at: info@BoardingRamp.com

 

Mounting Bracket (Cam Mount / Sleeve Mount) Fastening Specifications.

All hardware should be bedded in quality marine sealant/adhesive and secured with four marine-grade stainless steel oval head screws. Through-bolts should be marked and drilled to 1/4". Installations using self-tapping #14 screws should have holes marked and drilled to 3/16". Using the sheet metal screws will not be as secure as the through bolts. Installations using machine screws tapped directly into steel, nickel or aluminum should be drilled to 13/64" and tapped with a # 14 machine screw tap.

If you are installing one of our BLP-4/6 systems and using our BLP-M mounts. Please position the mounts at the front edge of the dock and screw it down so that the “cams” are space to allow the ramp forks to attach to them and allow the slide locks to secure it. If you are not using the BLP-M but are using our standard “cam” mount, Please position the mounts at approximately 7” +/- back from the front edge of the dock and screw it down so that the “cams” are space to allow the ramp forks to attach to them and allow the slide locks to secure it. Then place the rod end of the gas strut at the front edge of the dock and about 1”-2” to the outside of the ramp if the ramp was in the down position. (you can just hold the ramp and strut mount in place before screwing them down to make sure that the mounting positions will allow the ramp to stand vertical the way you would want it to.)

BLP-M set up

To attach the gas spring to the ball stud, you must remove the safety retainer clip from the gas spring end fitting. Push the gas spring end fitting onto the ball stud and then replace the retainer clip.

You can see a video of the retainer clip remove on You Tube at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuxEJioPkV0

 

Our ramps are not designed to be cantilevered. They must be supported at both ends either with one of our mounting systems,or be resting on a surface or with a supporting “trapeze arrangement” that will support the weight of the ramp with several people on it.

When using our rail mount system with the 3/8” stainless steel rod, make sure that you use the stainless steel flat washer between the end ring and the cam mount to help prevent the ring from pulling thru the mount.

When using our C.A.R.S. system with our “A” frame, mount the ramp to the front edge of the dock or mounting surface. Mount the “A” frame to one side and the rear of the ramp mount location. Secure the cable end to the ramp “eye” ring. You may add or remove cable turns on the cable reel to help counter balance the ramp. You may remove one end of the ratchet latching pin spring to disengage the ratchet from operating. This will allow the ramp to move up and down freely. (Caution, doing this will also allow the ramp to move up by itself if it is pushed by the wind or wave action). The rubber ball may be positioned along the cable to provide a stop point for the ramp when being raised. If a storm is coming, please secure the ramp to prevent damage.

  

Our ramps are not designed to be cantilevered. They must be supported at both ends either with one of our mounting systems,or be resting on a surface or with a supporting “trapeze arrangement” that will support the wight of the ramp with several people on it.

BLP-4/6/8 install

If you are installing one of our BLP-4/6 systems and using our BLP-M mounts. Please position the mounts at the front edge of the dock and screw it down so that the “cams” are space to allow the ramp forks to attach to them and allow the slide locks to secure it.


If you are not using the BLP-M but are using our standard “cam” mount, please attach the ramp to the “cam” mounts and position the mounts at approximately 7”-8” +/- back from the front edge of the dock and hold the ramp in the upright vertical position. Then place the rod end of the gas strut at the front edge of the dock and about 1”-2” to the outside of the ramp. (you can just hold the ramp and strut mount in place before screwing them down to make sure that the mounting positions will allow the ramp to stand vertical the way you would want it to.) Then screw down the “cams” thumb tighten the slide locks to secure the ramp to the mounts.

We can make adaptors that will allow our mounting system to adapt to your existing ladder or ramp mounts.

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