Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northport, NY
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Re: Sailing as a senior
Not many med mooring situation in the USA. It's usually a floating dock which is about 18-24" above the water... or a fixed dock which will vary with the tides. In NPT for example the tide range is 8' so it's a climb even with sailboat with a high free board. NPT has ladders attached to the dock for this purpose.
The more coming boarding is from a floating dock and the a sailboat this means about 3' to 5' (or more) to get from deck to dock. 12" riser of a ladder is negotiable without difficulty. The SailStep has 2 - ~15" risers and it's quite stable.. much more so that a fender ladder would be.
A small folding stair would work. Someone needs to design it. It would have to be small enough when folded to be easily stowed. A railing is likely needed for stability (for some and at some times).
I board from my stern ladder (stern to) during in water winter storage... east peasy and the pulpit provides a good hand hold.
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