The 10 Best Boat Ladders

This review has been updated 12 times since it was first published in June of 2016. If you’r planning on spending some time out on the water this year, make sure you and your crew of friends and family can get in and out of your boat easily and safely. This selection of marine ladders includes models with varying numbers of steps, many of which are telescopic, which allows you to adjust the height based on the type of watercraft you’re using. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Boat Ladders

10. Windline Gunwale

  • Held up by strong velcro connection
  • Hangs straight for easy climbing
  • Surface is prone to corrosion

9. Boatersports Pontoon

  • 1-inch anodized aluminum tubing
  • Comes with mounting cups
  • Not compatible with all platforms

8. Rage Powersports SP-3S

  • A nice swivel action
  • Versatile and easy to maneuver
  • Instructions are pretty vague

7. Garelick/Eez-In Combo

  • Telescopic for height adjustments
  • Very simple to assemble
  • Velcro for securing ladder is weak

6. Amarine-Made Steel Board

  • 4 easy-to-grip rungs
  • Takes up minimal space in storage
  • Too narrow for some people

5. Hoffen Inboard

  • Hinged bracket for simple folding
  • Highly durable vinyl treads
  • Super compact when folded up

4. Amarine-Made Swim Step

  • Strong strap secures it in place
  • Made in the united states
  • Can double as a dock ladder

3. Extreme Max Dock

  • Three size options
  • Built with sturdy aluminum
  • 2-year replacement warranty

2. Norestar Marine

  • Grips on steps prevent slipping
  • Height adjusts very smoothly
  • Does not slide or rattle

1. Jif Marine EQB4

  • Heavy-duty brackets for stability
  • 400-pound capacity
  • Built with rust-resistant steel

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