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Old 12-18-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Passerelle/ boarding plank

Well as we're going though things, one thing were looking at that were going need is some sort of gangway or Passerelle type thing. We were thinking one of these (pic). and add the appropriate mounting hardware. Weight really is not a problem as were going to use the davit to place it. Also we would add stanchions connected with rope for use a railing.
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Well as we're going though things, one thing were looking at that were going need is some sort of gangway or Pasarelle type thing. We were thinking one of these (pic). and add the appropriate mounting hardware. Weight really is not a problem as were going to use the davit to place it. Also we would add stanchions connected with rope for use a railing.
I bought something like that one time years ago, so ma-in-law (then about 90), could get onto the boat. She did, we went out, her sitting in a camp chair in the cockpit facing forwards, and enjoying every minute. She loved boats. Grew up in Bluff and Stewart Island (Southern NZ), just about living in them. Anyway, at one stage a large semi-planer swept past, catching us out a bit, and set us rocking. I looked back in time to see Ma rock sideways a few times then gently tip over on her side - still sitting in the chair and laughing. I was scared she would break a bone, but no way - we righted the chair - her still in it - and she was still laughing, and all she could get out was "wow, that was some wave there!"
Any, sorry for the digression, but we only used that plank that one time for that purpose, but I have found it handy since as a painting trestle plank.
So, if it happens to you Oliver, that you don't use it much on the boat, it can still be useful.
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We carried one, almost identical, for years. Served us well on the few times we used it. Mostly when we cruised with a dog. Given how infrequently a passerelle is needed in the Western Hemisphere the painter's platform is fine. If, however, you are taking your Nordhavn to the Med, I suggest you consider getting a commercial passerelle which drops down or slides out and which has railings. You will need to use it frequently.

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Mr 4712. Might I suggest something like this as opposed to a "plank". It may be more versatile. Boarding Stairs | Sea Stairs | Tracy International
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I bought something like that one time years ago, so ma-in-law (then about 90), could get onto the boat. She did, we went out, her sitting in a camp chair in the cockpit facing forwards, and enjoying every minute. She loved boats. Grew up in Bluff and Stewart Island (Southern NZ), just about living in them. Anyway, at one stage a large semi-planer swept past, catching us out a bit, and set us rocking. I looked back in time to see Ma rock sideways a few times then gently tip over on her side - still sitting in the chair and laughing. I was scared she would break a bone, but no way - we righted the chair - her still in it - and she was still laughing, and all she could get out was "wow, that was some wave there!" Any, sorry for the digression, but we only used that plank that one time for that purpose, but I have found it handy since as a painting trestle plank. So, if it happens to you Oliver, that you don't use it much on the boat, it can still be useful.
That was the exact use ours is going be intended for. Your story cracks me up, the fact she was still laughing on her side!
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Oliver We carried one, almost identical, for years. Served us well on the few times we used it. Mostly when we cruised with a dog. Given how infrequently a passerelle is needed in the Western Hemisphere the painter's platform is fine. If, however, you are taking your Nordhavn to the Med, I suggest you consider getting a commercial passerelle which drops down or slides out and which has railings. You will need to use it frequently. Marty
Do t think we'll be going to the med anytime soon, so this one should do.
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Greetings, Mr 4712. Might I suggest something like this as opposed to a "plank". It may be more versatile. Boarding Stairs | Sea Stairs | Tracy International
I saw those the problem is I'm not sure as where it would work.
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Mr. 4712. We have a similar set of stairs on our vessel. One of the advantages of such a set-up is, if docked in tidal areas, we always have steps. Sometimes flat-ish if the tide is low and sometimes steep if the tide is high. This system will NOT work on narrow finger piers/docks.
With a ramp at high tide one could theoretically have a ramp that slants at an extreme angle thus precipitating a slip and slide onto the dock. Just my $.02.
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This system will NOT work on narrow finger piers/docks.
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What DOES work on narrow finger piers? Any suggestions?
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Greetings, Mr. 4712. We have a similar set of stairs on our vessel. One of the advantages of such a set-up is, if docked in tidal areas, we always have steps. Sometimes flat-ish if the tide is low and sometimes steep if the tide is high. This system will NOT work on narrow finger piers/docks. With a ramp at high tide one could theoretically have a ramp that slants at an extreme angle thus precipitating a slip and slide onto the dock. Just my $.02.
Do you have a picture that I could reference? I just don't know where it would mount on our boat, any ideas? It would work if our Nordy like some others had a boarding door on the side of the pilot house.
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Stairs versus passerelle

Passerelles are used extensively in Europe and someplaces in the Caribbean because there are no finger piers. Each boat backs up to the main dock and protects itself from neighboring boats by fenders. All exit and entry is off the stern onto the main dock. Unless your boat can be safely docked within less than a long step you need a passerelle or gangplank to get to the dock.

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Greetings,
Mr. 4712. Sorry, no pictures of OUR particular set-up but...
marquipt stairs - Yahoo Canada Image Search Results

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marine boarding stairs - Yahoo Canada Image Search Results

May give you some ideas....
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Greetings, Mr. 4712. Sorry, no pictures of OUR particular set-up but... marquipt stairs - Yahoo Canada Image Search Results or marine boarding stairs - Yahoo Canada Image Search Results May give you some ideas....
Their nice, but some docks don't have the room to accommodate such things. This is the setup I'm looking for ( Pic), this James Hamilton's setup which I like.
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Cramm makes a huge selection of side boarding ladders and passerelles. They will have something to suit your fancy.

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Have a look at Steadi-plank

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passerelles or plank.

Would it be more fun to have someone walk the passerella?

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Thanks, I think we're going go with one of those.
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You may want to check out a Roll A Ramp.
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Oliver: Being in Dania Beach, you are almost next-door to Salorman's in Ft. Lauderdale. On my last visit, they had a half-dozen or so examples, including telescoping. Might save some $$$. Typically, salvaged units are either very good condition or even unused. BTW, I've often gotten good deals there, but you've got to be brave enough to offer them a lot less than they are asking. Things like passerelles are often on consignment and being near Christmas, well, you never know.
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