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One more observation on ladders.... We have a rather large social group of boating friends, and often spend weekends with several boats rafted up together.
Any of the side mounted ladders are useless in that case. But a transom mounted ladder is always accessible for swimming & dinghy access.
On a safety point.. a friend and his wife were moored at a marina last winter, and he was on deck early in the morning, slipped on some frost and fell overboard. His wife, below, did not hear him fall, nor his initial calls for help. He was unable to climb the dock (the marina was unequipped with safety ladders) and was quickly getting cold. His wife finally heard him, lowered their ladder and recovered him. As a result they routinely lower their ladder when moored and aboard. Alternatively a method can be devised so that someone in the water already can lower the ladder from there.