It doesn't look too much from this angle, but it's just over 3 metres (9ft) long. Half the length of a new piece of angle iron.
I chose to make it out of angle iron so it will be sturdy, unlike it's predecessor. It's so well built that it's likely to outlast the hatchway its welded to.
There is no doubt in my mind that, for safety's sake, replacing the old aluminium ladder you can see alongside the new one is a good move.
I'm also betting that at least one set of former owners would smile to read that this ladder has finally been replaced, as it was inherited when I bought Lady Jane and was rickety then.
Anyway, that's one more thing off the list.