Marine News from the Great Lakes

Get On Board Your Boat With Ease, Security

Published: Friday, June 21, 2019

Yacht Boarding Systems, Inc. is a veteran-owned, thirteen-year-old company that manufactures the “Steady-Plank” boat boarding ramps, with all parts and components made in the USA.

These boat boarding ramps have been enjoyed by powerboaters and sailboaters for use on vessels from 18ft all the way up to 190ft. The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard (for their FRC 154’ cutters) have all found value in ownership, as well as commercial vessels, Homeland Security, and other markets.

Specialty ramps like the BLP series makes it easy to board, even while carrying items on and off the boat. Great for use on a floating dock or a fixed dock, it stores in a vertical position on the dock when not in use. To use it, you simply push/lay it down to the boarding area of the boat. When you are ready to go, you push/lift it back up to the vertical position and a gas spring(s) attached to the ramp and the dock assists with the lift and holds it upright, keeping the ramp from being blown over by the wind.

The ELP series is available for users that do not need to mount the ramp but merely wish to lay it between two points – such as from dock to boat, swim platform to swim platform, or gunnel to gunnel, for example.

A swivel platform add-on (the RSP-G3 model) allows you to position your ramp within a 180-degree arc and wheelchair accessibility is made possible by the WPA series of ramps.

Yacht Boarding Systems, Inc. can manufacture any size of custom ramp up to 4ft by 20ft. Handrails and caster options are available for all ramps and, yes, all ramps float if they accidentally find their way into the water!

For more information or to place an order, please visit or contact them at [email protected] or call (813) 645-6666.

This article first appeared in the Launch Issue (May/Jun) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Accessories, Boat Docks

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