Our dog was afraid to jump into water. Also, our dog, well, no dog, can get INTO our boat from the water, without help, lotsa help. It's hard to guess when the dog wants to be done swimming. SOOooo We wished we could buy a boat ramp for our dog to get in/out of the boat, but, they are outrageously co$tly, and many of them must be stored right inside the boat while you are all in the boat too,:msneek: which would take up a lotta room, if not most of the room in the boat.:msngiggle: Some dogs have no fear of jumping into water, but ours did. :dogph34r:Buddy HAS since learned he can jump into water, :msnohyes:but, he still can't get back IN to the boat. Some dogs are small, or easy to lift onto boats, but, ours isn't.:dognowink: Some dogs can climb ladders, but, ours can't, :doghuh:and we do not always put the ladder out, especially if we are in shallow water, the ladder might hit the lake bottom, and get broken, but, a ramp hitting the lake bottom, is fine. so Craig, who can design and build anything, made one from scratch. :msnhugegrin: He started with a piece of plywood.. Here is The Ramp that Craig designed and built, for our dog to be able to in and out of our pontoon boat all by himself. I thought it was genius!! :msnohyes:So well thought out, and so well made! I'm posting this, in part for any handy-types who like to build things to get ideas to build their own, or to get inspired, and in part, to brag on how clever my CraigiePie is!:msngiggle: THIS RAMP WORKS GREAT, WHETHER IN SHALLOW WATER OR DEEP WATER. IT FLOATS, with end of it just below water surface, if it is DEEP water, or, might touch the lake floor if it is in reeeally shallow water. The ramp has floats under it, so it will not sink while Buddy walks on it.----> (since these photos were taken, Craig has swapped out these here white boat-floats for large squares of some float material instead, but, i have now forgotten why he made that change) HERE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FEATURES :msnohyes:THAT HE MADE----There are groves and built-up rungs, made of wooden bars under the carpetting........and tough rubber straps for Buddy to claw on, to be able to climb up the ramp with ease, gives Buddy something to kinda claw onto, or grab onto, as he climbs up the ramp. The ramp is covered with indoor/outdoor carpetting, for even more traction. HERE IS A CLOSE UP OF THE SURFACE FOR THE DOG TO WALK ON.----> Craig attached a cord pulley to be able to pull the ramp up and inwards, even while standing in the boat--> (this cord hooks flat when not in use) Craig even added the neatest details, like a lil handle to pull the ramp out for use, and trimmed entire outer edge with metal, in part so it will slide easier, in part, to help prevent the plywood from splintering, etc.---> The ramp slides up UNDER the boat, :msnohyes:while riding in the boat, into a strong slider-grove rack of sorts that Craig built for this purpose. The boat can even be towed with this ramp under the boat. and Craig built a lock of sorts, (see the brass bolt there?) to prevent it from ever sliding out when driving, and also this lock prevents that top edge of the ramp from sliding backwards along the groove while Buddy is walking on it. That top edge of the ramp has a pole through it, with rollers on each end, to roll along into the rack---> Another nice thing, we can tell Buddy is DONE swimming---- it is time to pull the ramp back out............ ..........when we spot Buddy swimming around the boat and looking for his ramp.... Swimming even wears out a border collie!!!!