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An idea from a newbie. That ought to frighten you right there! But... plz read on. Our 28 Ranger has some pretty wide hips, so when it comes to boarding time, a pretty large step is needed to go from dock to gunwhale in the cockpit area.
Many of you here probably are in a similar situation - elderly parents who, though it may not be prudent (or even possible) to take them out sailing, would enjoy boarding the boat on a nice day even to sit in the slip and have a little lunch and conversation. Such a wide step might be difficult and dangerous for them to perform.
I was thinking about the possibility of building a small gangplank so that my mother, who uses a walker, might be able to board. My wife's mother, who is 1/4 owner of our boat, can board but it's hard for her.
I would love to hear from others who have considered, attempted and/or even successfully built something like this as I contemplate design and overall safety of such a project.