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We recently relocated to Connecticut from Northern New York. We kept our 28' sailboat at a nice dock on Lake Champlain for the last few years. Now that we are down here we would like to bring our boat down to Long Island sound, but the slips here cost twice as much. So we are considering a mooring. Our parents sail with us frequently and are concerned that it will be too difficult for them to board our boat from a dinghy (or tender service that the marina provides). Our boat does not have a swim ladder currently so we would have to buy one. Just wondering (since we have never used a mooring) is it that difficult to board a sailboat from a dinghy/tender? Is there anything we can do to make it easier for them?
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Is there a dock or pier you could motor over to and pick them up?
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We had not considered motoring over to pick them up, Thanks! thats a good idea. (I just realized I posted my original message in the wrong section)
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From most yacht club tenders you can step directly on your boat without a ladder. Dinghy's almost always require one. You should get a ladder anyway as
1. If someone falls overboard you need to be able to get back on.
2. You may want to go for a swim!
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I have kept my present and former boats on a mooring on Long Island Sound. At least on the Long Island side, most sailboats are on moorings. Most launches will have sides high enough that it is an easy step from the launch to the boat. One problem can be if the wind is up and the boats are bouncing around. I have taken many guests out to my boat via launch and not had a problem.
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You really should have a swim ladder or boarding ladder on your boat. This is especially true if you use a dinghy a lot and have a boat with relatively high freeboard.
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Where are you mooring on the Sound? My boat is in Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport?
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