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Recovery Ladder™ with Mesh Sleeve

5 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Buy this combination, the S.O.S. Marine Recovery Ladder with navy blue mesh sleeve. When you buy this bundled product including the mesh sleeve, you get free shipping on the mesh sleeve.

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SOS Marine™ Recovery Ladder™

The Recovery Ladder™ from S.O.S. Marine helps man overboard get out of the water two ways.

  1. Able crew climbs ladder rungs.
  2. Disabled, hypothermic, or injured crew can be parbuckle lifted aboard.

For sail boat or power boat. Made of soft materials, unlike swimstep or rigid boarding ladder, to avoid injuring MOB during recovery.


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MOB Recovery Ladder mesh sleeve

Recovery Ladder™ Mesh Sleeve

This navy blue mesh sleeve option keeps the S.O.S. Marine Recovery Ladder™ ready to use at your boat’s rail. When ladder is pulled downward, the Velcro closure on sleeve bottom gives way. The mesh sleeve keeps ladder or parbuckle sling tidy but available for MOB recovery. The mesh sleeve is easy to see, easy to rig, easy to stow, and easy to use. If you want to buy only the Recovery Ladder you may do so.


Available on backorder

Available on backorder

Product Description

SOS Marine Recovery Ladder is made from dayglow polyester mesh (neon yellow) offering two means of exit from the water. Able crew can climb the integral ladder rungs. Injured, disabled, or hypothermic crew can be parbuckle lifted aboard using your halyard, davit, or block & tackle.

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The dual–purpose design of the Recovery Ladder enables rescue of a disabled, injured, or hypothermic crew, who either cannot or should not try to pull himself from the water using the ladder rungs.

To make this recovery, fasten a halyard or block and tackle to the bottom–most point of the Recovery Ladder. The MOB floats into the pocket formed by the Recovery Ladder, or onboard crew may pull him into the pocket with the Reelsling recovery line.

Crew on board then raises the halyard to recover the MOB. The recovery ladder gives 2 to 1 mechanical advantage to the hoist by virtue of the ancient principle of parbuckle lifting.

image of parbuckle

This is a slower process than ladder ascent, but safer for hypothermic crew, as it helps avoid circum–rescue collapse.

The lower body is compressed by the hydrostatic effect of the water—the so-called G suit effect—and blood is diverted upwards into the chest cavity. Blood volume becomes progressively depleted by a physiological reflex causing excessive urination and pulse rate slows as hypothermia develops. Vertical lifting causes immediate loss of the G suit effect. The already reduced blood volume instantly pools in the lower body and the heart rate cannot increase to compensate for this sudden loss of central blood volume. As a result, circulatory shock and sudden death can occur. This is called circum–rescue collapse and is a recognized major hazard of vertical lifting when recovering someone who is hypothermic. For further reading on this, and other medical matters related to marine rescue, consult the rescuer’s bible, Essentials of Sea Survival by Golden and Tipton. This text should be in every sea rescue organization's library.  Bob Wright, MD, Director, Intensive Care Services, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, AUS


MOB ladder uphaul feature

Webbing loop at ladder bottom

You May Need a Block and Tackle

Ahead of need, consider whether you will need a multipart purchase for mechanical advantage in hoisting your crew aboard. In use on sailboat or powerboat, fasten a halyard or block and tackle to the webbing loop at ladder’s bottom. On a sailboat, hoist your crew aboard with windlass or halyard winch. On a powerboat, you may need a block and tackle at the ready.

It’s Soft for Safety

The ladder is not rigid but soft, made of fabric and webbing. On any boat with swimstep, sail or power, using the Recovery Ladder sidesteps injury caused by the swimstep smashing down on, or rapidly ascend into, struggling overboard crew. A standard rigid boarding ladder can also gravely injure crew when the boat rolls or pitches during recovery. The soft construction of the SOS Marine Recovery Ladder makes recovery safer.

Deploy From Mesh Sleeve

Rig the mesh sleeve at side of deck to keep Recovery Ladder ready to use and tidy.




Check the FAQs for answers to questions about the Reelsling.



Recovery Ladder™ with Mesh Sleeve was last modified: February 14th, 2019 by Test

Additional Information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 19 x 12 x 6 in

SOS Marine™ Recovery Ladder™

Weight (metric)

3.2 kg

Safe working load

463 lbs, 210 kg


Fully deployed: 9′ width x 7½′ height

Dimensions (metric)

Fully deployed: 275 cm x 230 cm

Recovery Ladder™ Mesh Sleeve

Dimensions (metric)

Device mounted in place: 2.74 m x 20 cm x 5 cm, Dimensions above this are shipping dimensions

Weight (metric)

0.45 kg (other weight figure is shipping weight)

Safe working load

Not load bearing


Device mounted in place: 9′ x 8″ x 2″


1 pound (other weight figure is shipping weight)

1 review for Recovery Ladder™ with Mesh Sleeve

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I most often cruise short–handed and was looking for a safe way to recover a person who had gone overboard. The recovery ladder with mesh sleeve offers me the most flexibility to safely recover a person who has fallen overboard.
    I am very pleased with both the overboard ladder with sleeve and the Just Marine web site and professional service.

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