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New Boat Ladder Causing National Ripples And Winning Awards
By: Jacob's Ladder Boating
Founder of Jacob's Ladder Boating, John Canaris, said getting on a trailered boat is not always easy. "Getting on a boat at the ramp has always been a problem. You have to turn the boat around to get in from the rear because the front of the boat is usually too high," he said.
"It is not usually possible to pull yourself up on the front. Or you have to wade out into the water to board from the back of the boat."
If you are policing the waters in croc infested waters in the Northern Territory, or researching the reef in north Queensland, or taking a pleasure cruise on Canada's icy waters, the last thing you want if you can help it is to have to wade into the water!
"Our 'bow access' Jacob's Ladders are a global breakthrough in boat boarding. The ladders we have designed attach to the front of the boat, allowing people to board straight onto their boats with ease and most often without needing to get wet," John said.
Jacob's Ladder Boating recently was awarded the "Highly Commended" – 2018 Most Innovative Marine Industry Commercial Product or Service award at the Australian Marine Industry Award event leading up to the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and has also received $100,000 'Ignite Ideas' grant funding as support from the Queensland Government.
"Without the Advance Queensland grant there was a real possibility our start-up Jacob's Ladder business might not have got off the ground. The grant has enabled me to travel to the Northern Territory, Cairns, and even to Amsterdam and the US presenting our Jacob's Ladders as a globally unique solution to boat boarding," John said.
"Apart from the financial boost the big plus of receiving the grant and winning awards is the independent affirmation that Jacob's Ladder is a viable, exportable, innovative product."
John has patented the ladder in the US and here in Australia and hopes to break into these and other marine-related markets.
"There is nothing like our Jacob's Ladders globally. It's not rocket science but simply is a product that has solved a big historical problem for boaters," he said. "For decades, people have been wondering how to get onto a boat more easily, quickly and safely."
The unique Jacob's Ladder 'bow access' boarding method was born out of family necessity. "I have three sisters who I often take out fishing. Before inventing Jacob's Ladder, we would launch our 6-metre aluminium plate boat at the ramp and my sisters and other family members would need to wade into the water (often cold water!) to board from the back of the boat," John explains.
"I would always be trying to turn the boat around as far as possible, so they did not have to walk out so far into the water. Any boatie knows this. I looked at this situation and thought 'how can I change this, so my family can get onboard in a more dignified way?"
"My first attempt was a post connected to a stirrup affair and this was attached to the bow spirit roller frame. My crew started getting on and off like you would not believe! From there our 'bow access' Jacob's Ladder developed and evolved into what it is now."
John's latest version of the Jacob's Ladder is telescopic, extends out to 820mm. "Some of the larger boats, especially around 7 to 8m have high bows, such as those used by the Northern Territory coastal patrol rangers and this has necessitated a longer ladder but one which retracts back into itself so as not to take up too much foredeck space" he said.