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Old 03-01-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Boarding

How do you board your vessel?**

Steps/stairs, -*commercial or custom/home made?

Ramp?

Transom gate?

What do you use when you are away from your home dock?

Have any of your guests/crew lost their footing while boarding or while on board*your boat?

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Old 03-01-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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RE: Boarding

Steps that hang from the gunwale amidships wherever we're tied up. They're stainless - appear to be commercial but they were on the boat when we bought it so I don't know their history. Off the swim grid when we're anchored. Never lost any tourists overboard yet. We have a conveniently located grab bar directly in line with the gate on each side deck. We point it out to guests, they grab onto it and next thing they know they're aboard.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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**We have a conveniently located grab bar directly in line with the gate on each side deck.* *
*Any pics?
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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RE: Boarding

With our low freeboard, we are only about twelve inches above most floating docks, so it's an easy step. We do have those stick-on black non-skid strips on the deck, and non-skid covered steps as you enter the cockpit. There is also a vertical 7/8" stainless tube going from the side deck to the corner of the roof overhang, which makes a great handhold.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #5
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Best I can do.* Its not really ever been the subject of my photographic attention.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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RE: Boarding

Usually via the swimplatform, up the spiral staircase to the aft deck through a 2 part transom door.
On rare occasion go via the starboard gate in the railing stepping off the gunwale - but it is usually a LONG step down to the dock (3'). Had a female friend fall and hit the dock once disembarking that way at night (was too dark to judge the vertical distance to dock).

Here's the rear staircase.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Through a side gate.* Step from the dock, over the gunwale,*directly to the boat's deck.* The boat's deck isn't much higher than most floating docks.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
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We keep a small folding step ladder that fits nicely under the sofa for boarding from floating docks amidships.* At anchor off the stern ladder to the swim platform.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #9
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We keep a small folding step ladder that fits nicely under the sofa for boarding from floating docks amidships.* At anchor off the stern ladder to the swim platform.
*Yep, except out dock step resides on the boat deck when not in use.
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Funny you should ask!* I'm currently building one of these.* Picked up the bronze hardware on the internet.
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We simply step on the swim platform from the floating dock and enter through the transom door.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:19 PM   #12
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Isn't that Walt living the good life?
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We simply step on the swim platform from the floating dock and enter through the transom door.
*Ditto - see transom door in Avatar...

PS...the dinghy is mounted such that we can still walk in past its nose - see added pic, which I hope is not too far way to see....must take me some more general shots from different angles..now she is all painted up and pretty like..


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Isn't that Walt living the good life?
No,* that's my brother in law and his wife. My wife is in the foreground. (She's such a young thing but learning fast.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:50 PM   #15
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How do you board your vessel?*

Have any of your guests/crew lost their footing while boarding or while on board*your boat?
Our boat has a low enough freeboard at the boarding gates no steps are needed.* And nobody's ever stumbled or lost their footing while boarding or deboarding.* To my knowledge nobody's ever stumbled on board, either.* A teak deck offers the best traction available, in my opinion, wet or dry.* Even the battleships had them in places where good traction was needed.

The only time we've ever used an assist step was for a friend who'd recently had both knees replaced and who is pretty short on top of that.* We used a sturdy folding plastic step-stool for that.


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Old 03-02-2012, 12:54 PM   #16
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Our boat has a low enough freeboard at the boarding gates no steps are needed.* And nobody's ever stumbled or lost their footing while boarding or deboarding.* To my knowledge nobody's ever stumbled on board, either.* A teak deck offers the best traction available, in my opinion, wet or dry.* Even the battleships had them in places where good traction was needed.

The only time we've ever used an assist step was for a friend who'd recently had both knees replaced and who is pretty short on top of that.* We used a sturdy folding plastic step-stool for that.
*I imagine that list to starboard makes it a little easier to board on that side.* Very convenient!!
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*I imagine that list to starboard makes it a little easier to board on that side.* Very convenient!!

*It would if it did but it doesn't so I have no idea what you're talking about.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:12 AM   #19
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Through a side gate.

Fixed wooden steps at home, when cruising a foldable set. We tie it to a stanchion with a cord in case it gets knocked off the dock.
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RE: Boarding

We board through the side gate.* We have two 10 or 12 inch high step boxes.* One we keep in the engine room and pull out to use when we are visiting other docks and one is on our dock.* However for the winter we are using a friend's fancy*three step boarding step *with a rail on the side.* The top step is higher than our gunwale (I think that is the correct term?) so we are getting spoiled.* We will have to give it back to him at the end of winter when goes back to bow in for the windy season.
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