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Old 02-08-2016, 12:50 PM   #21
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Whether we are embarking or disembarking, as long as we are tied "starboard to" the operation is a very simple one. From the swim platform or the starboard side door, I can't emphasize enough how terribly convenient this is for us older folks. Now, if they would have put an escalator in instead of the ladder to the fly bridge, it would have been perfect!
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:57 PM   #22
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What isn't seen in my photo is first angling the stern to port to counter the prop walk to starboard while in reverse.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:01 PM   #23
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Whether we are embarking or disembarking, as long as we are tied "starboard to" the operation is a very simple one. From the swim platform or the starboard side door, I can't emphasize enough how terribly convenient this is for us older folks. Now, if they would have put an escalator in instead of the ladder to the fly bridge, it would have been perfect!
That's a beautiful layout, Walt. Easy access and ample space.

My boat has no side rail gate or door. I've considered cutting a transom door as it was an option from the factory, but the $4-5K price tag scared me off.

At my slip, I have dock steps that make boarding a cinch. I also carry a folding step for use away from home. Away from the steps, my boat is easiest boarded with what I call a "sit-and-spin" maneuver. Sit on the side caprail aft of the spring cleat and fwd of the aft handrail. Then lift your legs over the caprail while pivoting on your seat inboard with a hand on the pilothouse teak handles. It sounds tougher than it is in real life. Definitely not disabled access, though.



Leaving my slip, I just back up until I'm about 10 ft from the USCG Station Vallejo boats, spin CW with asymmetric power. Piece of cake.

I rent one half of a double slip and the slip next to me is currently unoccupied, so I have lots of room coming and going, but only one dock finger to embark and disembark the vessel.



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Old 02-08-2016, 04:39 PM   #24
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Easy peasy, just step on the platform, and walk through the transom door.


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Old 02-08-2016, 07:18 PM   #25
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Our high bulwarks/rails that make sidedeck operations so safe, can also make embarking and disembarking from a pontoon with dignity more difficult for the mature.


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A fair compromise I reckon.



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OTOH, disembarking from a commercial wharf or trawler jetty is always a scramble.
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:29 PM   #26
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Codger, side doors look/are great. We'll have to be satisfied with a step-over the gunwale.

Al, bet you're glad your berth neighbor has gone.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:10 PM   #27
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We always stern in, just out of the picture is a old RR aluminium step. We step down off the dock on to it and then down to the swim platform and through the transom door. This makes it very easy to get the pups off for daily walks. There are steps on both sides of the cockpit to step up on the gunnel and then on to the dock if we need to get on and off on the side.


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