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post #9 of Old 09-08-2012
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Re: MOB systems

I too am concerned about boarding over the stern and opted for a side mount ladder. To my dismay, I discovered a couple of weeks ago that if there is any current at all the ladder will lift out of its brackets when the swimmer takes hold of it. We executed the quick stop after the swimmer jumped in. There was a tidal current running against us (probably a half knot) and the swimmer had to swim pretty aggressively to get to the Type IV and then when we pulled him to the ladder, one bracket released as soon as he grabbed it. We were in pretty smooth water, the wind was about 12kts and it was much more difficult that I would have expected. Keeping the ladder in the bracket is now a priority. Any suggestions?
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