5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladders (Large Handrails and Steps)

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No more pulling yourself up the ladder, that 5th step makes a big difference!

Easier to board thanks to large handrails and bigger steps.

No more struggling to climb out of the water! The large handrails and deep steps on these pontoon boat ladders makes it easy to board your pontoon boat.

Key Benefits

  • 16" tall handrails give you plenty to hold onto while boarding.
  • 16" wide steps, 18" overall width.
  • 5-1/2" deep steps are comfortable and the biggest available.
  • Satin anodized aluminum looks great and will not corrode. 
  • Thick walled 1" square tubing will support up to #350.
  • Quick release hook style mounting hardware makes using your ladder easy.

Questions & Answers

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  • Is there support braces that go against the the pontoons? I weigh 300lbs... Is it sturdy enough for me?

    There is not additional bracing on this pontoon ladder that will support it against the tubes. I understand your concern as I'm 260lbs and run into trouble with ladders myself. I do use this ladder on my pontoon boat though and I haven't had any problems. We always take care of our customers so if you do purchase the ladder from us and it fails for any reason we will cover it under warranty and either replace it or give you a full refund with no cost to you.

  • We have a 26' Chris Craft deck boat and bith have bad knees. Can we mount this to our swm platform?

    Yes this ladder should mount just fine so long as you can screw or bolt the mounting hardware to the swim platform. This boat ladder will work well for you as it extends far down into the water and will help with boarding. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Does ladders come with mounting hardware?

    Yes, all of our pontoon boat ladders will come with the mounting hardware you need. You won't need to worry about any parts or hardware. In the rare case that something might be missing or gets lost of the box from shipping damage just contact us and we'll overnight you what you need. We try to make everything very simple.

  • I am trying to decide between this ladder and one that is 30 dollars cheaper on another sight. The only difference in comparing the two is this one 2 1/4 higher overall. Materials, step width etc. all the same. Do you think the extra inches will make a difference? Thanks

    Ouch... that's a big price difference! Would you mind sharing a link with the product to me, I'd be happy to price match that pontoon ladder with ours. The few extra inches can really help depending how tall you are or if you have difficulty getting out the water, age, weight, etc all come in to play. The deeper in the water the pontoon ladder is the easier it is to board the pontoon. But either way we'll price match the cheaper ladder for you so you can have more height. Thank you for the opportunity. 

  • Can I mount this to a dock

    Yes this 5 step ladder will work perfecty for a dock. All the mounting hardware is included. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Can this be mounted on the front of the pontoon boat?, or does it need support of the tubes?

    Yes, this pontoon ladder can be mounted in the front of your pontoon boat. It does not need to be supported against the tubes.

  • How much does the 5 step weigh, whats the total depth at handrails for storage!! Thanks, Mike

    The total depth of the complete ladder is 14-1/2. This pontoon ladders weighs approx. 19lbs.

  • How much does the 5 step ladder weigh? Do you have storage clips so it can be secured on the back transom without worrying about a big wave sending it overboard? What is the warranty?

    This ladder weighs 20 lbs. I'm sorry but  we do not offerr any storage  clips with this ladder. This ladder has a 3 year warranty. 

  • Can this be used in salt water attached to a deck? What about barnacles?

    This any of our pontoon boat ladders can be used in salt water. I'm sure barnacles will find there way onto the ladder. Here is what I found to help clean them off. "Use a plastic putty knife to remove it, gently inserting it under the edges and prying it loose. Wipe the ladder off with lime remover and a sponge to remove any traces of the barnacles that remain. Clean the ladder by pouring a small amount of mineral spirits on a cloth and wiping the surface."

  • How is the ladder removable? We have to pull everything out of the water for winters here in Ohio...

    On the front of the ladder are what we call J-hooks, these hooks will mount into the footman loops you install on the deck of your pontoon boat. To remove or install the ladder you just flip it upwards so you are able to hook the J-hooks into the footman loops. It is a very simply process and only takes a few seconds.

  • Do you have a picture of the hardware?

    Please click the link to view a photo of the hardware. Pontoon boat ladder mounting hardware

  • I looking for a pontoon step ladder with handrails that stows underneath

    Unfortunately we do not offer such a ladder for pontoon boats. I have not heard of one with handrails that stows underneath the pontoon. However, your question made me think why couldn't we build a nice set of stainless handrails that would mount to the deck above where the ladder stows making it easy to get in and out of the pontoon. We will work on this and thank you for your question!

  • How fast is the shipping?

    We ship all pontoon ladders, accesories and replacement seat orders the same day if order by 4 EST. The time in transit will depend on your location. I have inlcuded a link to our shipping map below. 


  • If I order it tomorrow when will I receive it. I am in New York

    We ship all orders for pontoon ladders the same day if ordered by 4 P.M EST. It is about a 2-3 transit time to New York. 

  • can you mount this ladder on the front of the boat? Without a pontoon to brace it against? or would it break the mounting hardware off?

    This pontoon ladder can be mounted on the front of your pontoon boat. It does not need to be supported by the pontoons on your boat. 

  • Does this ladder flip up or does it drag in water while boating?

    This ladder flips up and is removeable. You will want to completely remove the ponton ladder while the boat is in motion. 

  • How does it anchor on the rear deck? Can I see the mounting hardware or picture?

    This pontoon boat ladder attaches to the deck of your pontoon boat with two footman loops. If you scroll through the picutes underneath the larger image you will see the mounting hardware. You can also veiw at the link I have provided below. Pontoon ladder attachment kit

  • What does this weigh ?

    This pontoon ladder weighs about 19 lbs 

  • What material is this ladder made from? Stainless steel? Aluminum? Other ??

    This pontoon ladder is made of aluminum. 

  • Does this ladder fold up out of the water?

    This pontoon ladder is removeable. When you are not using it you simply lift it out of the water and place it your pontoon boat. 

  • So far I'm liking this ladder as my wife and I are looking for a longer ladder. You've already addressed a couple of concerns of difficulty in getting out of the water. What I haven't seen is storage during transportation on the road and water. It doesn't seem it folds. My current one is too short and is connected to the side of my boat and pivots.

    You are correct this ladder does not fold.  It is a larger ladder that does take up a bit of space when not in use. Many customers find a spot on the floor of thier pontoon to store the pontoon ladder when not in use. Also you could leave the ladder on land when you know you are not swimming. 

  • is the ladder removable and stowable?

    This pontoon ladder is removeable and stowable. It does not fold so it rather larger when stowed on your pontoon boat. 

  • The mounting hardware with this ladder came with to small metal plates. Are these mounted on the top surface or underneath? I notice the hook style ladder attachment kit does not contain the plates. Are the necessary and what are their purpose?

    The two metal plates you are referring to are mounted underneath the deck of your pontoon boat. These help to reinforce the foot man loops that sit on the floor of your pontoon boat. This ensures that the the moutning hardware does not pull from your deck when people are using the pontoon ladder to get back into your pontoon boat. 

  • Will it fold up on the back of the pontoon

    This pontoon ladder does not fold. 

  • Does this ladder fold up at all or does it remain in a downward position all the time?

    This 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder does not fold up at all. The side pieces are one solid unit. This pontoon ladder is designed to be removed and stored on your pontoon boat when you are in moving. 

  • What do u do with the ladder when pulling boat with trailor? When not in the water dont u have to take it off and store it when traveling ?

    Since the 5 step Pontoon Boat Ladder uses "J-Hooks" you will simply take those from the Footman Loops and store it on your Pontoon Boat.

  • Does this ladder fold up

    The 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder does not fold up. It is designed to be stored on your Pontoon Boat whenever you are moving in your pontoon boat. 

  • I'm assuming the ladder folds up for travel?

    The 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder, does not fold up but is designed for a quick release when moving on your Pontoon Boat.

  • How many inches between each step? I have bad knees and can not step up more than 6 inches

    There are 11" inches between each step On the 5 Step Poantoon Boat Ladder. 

  • Can this ladder the 5step with lg handrails be used when pontoon on trailer is on dry land

    Yes, it will install and function all the same. This 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder would work just fine on land or lake. 

  • It doesn't fold up tho, does it?

    Unfortunately, this Pontoon Boat Ladder does not fold up. It is very easy to uninstal and place on your boat when traveling.  

  • I don't see how it comes up when you are underway ? Does it come up out of water when boat is under way ???

    Yes. The 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder uses quick release J-Hooks that help for easy removal. You will need to remove this ladder before starting to go on your way. 

  • Can you use it as a ladder to climb on a houseboat ?

    If the measurements of the 5 step Pontoon Boat Ladder match up to the measurements of the available space you have, then it should be just fine. 

  • So i am guessing this latter don't fold up when not in use and under way ???

    Correct. This 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder does use a hook style release for easy removal from your Pontoon Boat. 

  • Can you put the mounting brackets on the side where you can open a door and use it that way? I don’t have rear entry

    Yes. You can attach this 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder anywhere you have the space available. We do recommend pulling it out of the water before starting to move the boat. 

  • Would this work for dogs?

    Depending on the ability of your Dog, they should be able to use the 5 Step Pontoon Boat Ladder, with a little practice. 

5 out of 5, based on 10 reviews
Ron from Waterford,MI on Jul 31, 2017
The ladder came less than 24 hours after ordered. The ladder has to be put together and the directions are scant but once together the ladder works great and is deep in the water and away from the pontoons. No problem climbing out of the water now. It works without fold-down arms that rest against the pontoons to keep it far enough away so your whole foot fits. I spent almost $400 last year for a 4-step ladder with arms that is like a stairway but does not go deep enough into the water. For hip and knee replacement people, this is perfect!
Tom from Swannanoa,NC on Aug 09, 2016
The best ladder yet. Easy to install on my pontoon. The deep and wide steps make it easy to use. Pontoon stuff your the greatest. Thanks
Paul from Redgranite WI on Jul 10, 2015
This ladder is very well built and sturdy, a great addition for our pontoon. It is very easy to install and remove. The extra step is well worth the additional cost. I strongly recommend this product, you will not be disappointed.
Aaron from Hanover, PA on Jun 15, 2015
This ladder is amazing. On our pontoon boat the last four stairs are in the water when lowered making it very easy to get out the water. I ordered it on a Tuesday and it showed up at the house Thursday. Assembly was easy and everything went together just as it should. I will definitely trust Pontoonstuff.com with my business in the future.
Karl Hosier from Clearlake, CA on Feb 12, 2015
We echo all of the other reviews 6'-6" 300 plus pounds no problem, seniors with bad knees no problem I have a party hut so I can store on the roof no problem.. What I have also found it is the perfect length that when my toon is the trailer it works for a great boarding ladder there to. I definitely give this five stars and highly recommend it.
Glenn from Lawrenceville on Sep 03, 2013
I bought this ladder because my wife has arthritis and has had two knee replacements. This ladder works great! She could not get up our old ladder but has no problems with this one! The way it slants out away from the boat it makes it very easy to climb. Would highly recommend to anyone that has trouble with a standard boat ladder.
Jeff from Berea on Jul 15, 2013
We bought this ladder because it had five steps and it appeared to be sturdy. We were not disappointed it is the best boat ladder we ever had. Easy entry and very sturdy it held up great when my 300lb brother in law used it. Great buy.
Brenda from Kentucky on Jul 08, 2013
Our ladder arrived just in time-the folding ladder that came with our boat broke the evening that our new ladder arrived. I had searched for the widest and longest ladder with the widest steps available. Several members of our family are plus size and several have knee and back problems. This ladder makes getting in and out of the water much easier than our other ladder. The doggies love it, too. When purchasing, consider storage. I lay the ladder across the back of the pontoon where the bimini top rests. The top fits perfect between the sides of the ladder. I also secure the ladder to the boat by hooking a carbiner clip to a rope I have run through the side of the ladder and the loop on the back of the boat so when the bimini top is raised, the ladder will stay secure as we travel across the water. The ladder is heavy but you can never be too cautious. My whole family is thrilled that we found this ladder and in the nick of time.
Jack Slot from Dallas, PA on Apr 18, 2013
Awesome, My son and I are both 6'5 and 300 lbs. It's easy to putdown and doesn't have a problem with our size. I would purchase this ladder again !!!!
Danny from Westville, IN on Dec 17, 2011
Awesome! Works great on my pontoon.

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