Good post, David..
Even on boats with gates, this might be the preferred way to get off. OTOH often if the dodger frame has outboard handles these can assist/ease the step up to and down off the deck, freeboard and dock height allowing.
Agree the 'hop', used by so many, can become undignified if not disastrous..
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)