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Question Boarding ladders

I just discovered a major problem; I couldn't get off my boat! With only a stern ladder and tied to a finger pier, I couldn't get off the boat without a long jump from deck. Granted the tide was six feet over the usual two foot tide, an unusual situation, but I faced an eight foot drop! Lucky for me, a neighbor coming to the marina spotted the problem and had a spare ladder, or you wouldn't be reading this. Does anyone have an idea how to solve this problem? Do I permanently mount folding boarding ladders at the gates, or use precious lazerette or below deck space for a simple removable ladder?
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Do they offer floating docks for a few bucks more?
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The only floating docks simply float around the bay since Rita and are hazardous to your boat hull upon contact! And I couldn't take one sailing with me.
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Asuming this is your regular marina slip, can you not just attach a ladder to your finger pier for such occasions? I wonder if you would run into similar problems at other moorings often enough to warrant carrying a ladder with you.
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I just discovered a major problem; I couldn't get off my boat! With only a stern ladder and tied to a finger pier, I couldn't get off the boat without a long jump from deck. Granted the tide was six feet over the usual two foot tide, an unusual situation, but I faced an eight foot drop! Lucky for me, a neighbor coming to the marina spotted the problem and had a spare ladder, or you wouldn't be reading this. Does anyone have an idea how to solve this problem? Do I permanently mount folding boarding ladders at the gates, or use precious lazerette or below deck space for a simple removable ladder?
I must be missing something when trying to visualize your problem. How does a variable tidal range cause you to jump "down" 8 feet from your boat's deck to a fixed finger?
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Thats a heck of a freeboard.
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Maybe the dock was 5 feet under water. If not then this boat is large enough to carry a ladder.
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Either that, or his finger floats and his boat has a deep draft wing keel, dry-docked on the seabed during ebb tide.
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Water is up at unusual levels in the whole Galveston Bay area. Was up 4 1/2 feet at the far end from Galveston, and has been all day. Has dropped maybe 6 inches during the day. Heavy rains, with flooding all along the Galveston Bay drainage area, and wind blowing inshore seem to be the main factors.
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I got sucker punched on that one. The pigs goes down cloven hooves up. No floating docks were damaged in Rita but there was a lawn chair knocked over.
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