I went from a 32xx Bayliner to my 3870 Bayliner & one of the main reasons is the cockpit door, the 32 didn't have one. I have a bad knee that only bends to 90 degrees from a motorcycle wreck when I was a kid. With the 32 I had a set of steps on the finger to enter & exit the boat & that worked fine on a inland lake where I was always in the same slip. On the river different marinas & having to bow in or having a end tie makes using the transom door to the swim grid & then step up on to the dock works very well for us, I do have a RR conductor step I use on the swim grid if needed on a higher dock. I like the aft cabin style boats like caver & the old Chris craft but I wouldn't own one because of the ladders to get on or off, climbing the flybridge ladder is ok because I don't have to do that multiple times a day.
Ron on Northern Lights II
I don't like making plans for the day because the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom.