Join Date: Sep 2003
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When we are at sea we seldom go onto the foredeck but spend a lot of time on the poop and on the rear cabin top.
We have decided to build a new radar arch and in the process we are having solid hand rails at a height of 800mm put all the way around the stern to come up to the entry in the cockpit on both sides with a proper closing gate at the stern boarding ladder.
We had a near-miss with a MOB once when in the middle of the ocean on a beautiful day, we decided to have a shower under the hose on the rear deck. My wife was sitting on the edge of the cabin top fully soaped up when the boat lurched and with her soapiness and the same on the deck, she went quickly sliding toward the transom and it was a major challenge to arrest her motion and keep her on board. Sounds like a funny story but it was scary at the time and selling the idea of solid hand rails has been real easy since then.
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