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Most commonly there’s a 3-4’ drop pretty much straight down. Even with fenders there’s just a few inches from the back edge of the boat and the concrete surface of the dock. We’ve tried various forms of passserelles as well as simple ramps using our fender boards. They just don’t work. Maybe it would be fine on a 60’+ yacht but on a 46’ sailboat our setup seems more practical and there’s no storage issue. Problem is a rapid drop in a short distance. Other choice is to bypass the sugar scoop and run the passerelle from dock to aft deck. Then you need a long one and they’re hard to store.
Have seen other cruisers take their dinghies off the davits. Then med moor with the davits hanging just over the edge of the dock. Secure the dinghy ladder they use when snorkeling or tie a simple step ladder to the davits and sugar scoop.

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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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Re: Sailing as a senior

Originally Posted by outbound View Post
....Other choice is to bypass the sugar scoop and run the passerelle from dock to aft deck. Then you need a long one and they’re hard to store.....
It's the only way to do so, really. Few boats have a better place than lashing to the lifelines. I'd only do so, if cruising an area where it was routinely necessary.

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