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Old 02-01-2019, 03:01 PM   #21
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I've never had a boat with a side door and haven't missed it but maybe if I did I would. I don't believe I'd add one I'd just mount controls where they could best be used for docking, a door takes up valuable interior space that can be used for seating, galley etc.
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the boat we were going to buy had a remote system "handheld" this gave you room to walk around the boat where ever you wanted to
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Lack of a door shouldn't be a deal breaker. A door is great but if you're lines are long enough, you have plenty of fenders, and you're not barreling into the slip, you'll just bounce off if you miss a cleat.

I have a transom door so I have to walk back to step off. I may walk quickly sometimes but I don't run. If I need to run back then I'm doing something wrong. Time to abort attempt and come around again.
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Lack of a door shouldn't be a deal breaker. A door is great but if you're lines are long enough, you have plenty of fenders, and you're not barreling into the slip, you'll just bounce off if you miss a cleat.

I have a transom door so I have to walk back to step off. I may walk quickly sometimes but I don't run. If I need to run back then I'm doing something wrong. Time to abort attempt and come around again.
I have a fish box I use as a step, bring her in bump reverse and calmly go out and put on a springline or all of them as appropriate, relax and pour a drink.
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From the picture, it looks like a moot point , at least until you can get off that sandbar!
Seriously, though, it’s not impossible to add such an amenity
Post up some pictures of the situation, inside and out, and you’ll get all kinds of help!
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:46 PM   #26
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Plus 1 on not avoiding the boat because of no side door. I too wanted a side door for all the stated reasons but when the "right" boat came to my attention the pros more than offset the cons. Twenty seven years later, we have more than learned how to do without. Wonder if all side doors fit nice and tight, no leaks?
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