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Pasarelle mounting & use?

I''d surely welcome comments from others who''ve used a pasarelle (passarelle?) off the bow of a conventional sailboat. WHOOSH has a typical 70''s/80''s bow, with double rollers at the stem and a pulpit with no ''dip'' or step-thru arrangement. The thing most puzzling to me right now is a suitable mounting method given how busy and cluttered it is upfront...and hopefully with the mount being easily released and the pasarelle not too awkward to retrieve and fold up, once it''s time to depart the dock.

Also, if anyone can offer helpful URLs with this kind of info, that would be great. I''ve begun posting articles on how to adapt a North American sailboat to the European infrastructure (propane changeover, adapting to 220-250V AC, taking water aboard, etc.) and hope to include some examples and pics of this topic, as well...but we haven''t seen such arrangements in use on the S Coast of England nor on the Crossing.

Thanks for any helpful comments...

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Pasarelle mounting & use?

Haven''t used one since the RBYC in Hamiltton, Bermuda, but the first thing I can think of for running a gangplank off the bow would be to rig a bridle from a spinnaker pole that had been guyed in the right position and cocked high enough to clear the crews'' heads. A good many of the planks they made available for the racers weren''t secured properly and ended up floating near or crashing to the dock. A real Passerelle may need more substantial and specialized hardware only available in Nice, Hyeres, or St Juan les Pins.
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Pasarelle mounting & use?

Pardon my ignorance, what''s a pasarelle? Did a search but couldn''t find anything in English related to sailing.

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Pasarelle mounting & use?

I believe "passerelle" is the french way of saying "gangplank." It is used for boarding your boat from a quay or dock.
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