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    snowyriver
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    Steps for Floats

    Hello all,
    Im building a set of Murphy floats and would like to incorporate a step in the outside floats to make climbing up easier. Montana floats uses them and I think I've seen another manufacturer as well. Any ideas on what I could use or how to make something? It's something I'd build into the side skin. Not getting any response from the Montana guys so I thought I'd check with the other experts. Thanks, Craig

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    Whipline amphibs have them- I'd bet you could order the step piece from them. Cut a hole in your side skin, rivet it in and be done. Or save some $$$ on whip parts and just build your own- it'd be easy enough to just copy theirs...

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    I have seen a thick piece of aluminum attached to the outside for this purpose. I do not recommend this method as it would be easy to damage yourself hitting it with your leg or catching it on something in the water. I should be easy to just cut a hole and build a box to step into in the side skin.
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    I've seen them used for climbing up the sides of motorhomes, and in pools. "recessed pool steps"
    What's a go-around?

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    Come on Craig... you can lift your leg higher than that!!!

    You know, even on Bob's Elite with the Clamars I put on it not once did I ever use the built in step to get up on it. I find it more awkward than just making the leap... and you can't safely use it coming down, that's for sure!

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    This would come in handy getting out of the water also

    Glenn
    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"

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    Glenn, That's awesome! Maybe I should go for a rope ladder! Wayne, I just like to complicate things. It just seems like an easy install at this point. Anyway, I ended up buying a kit of two from Keith at Montana. Comes with fiberglass step, two doublers and an internal cross brace for strength. $300. Easy. The only problem is the place I'd want the step is where I just put the hatch! #***%##! Anyhow, thanks to all who chimed in...even the smart Asses!

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    Atlee Dodge steps should work fine for floats or wheels.
    John

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