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I have a passerelle that runs off the transom and a bow ladder that hooks on the pulpit. They work great Med-moored or in a slip. The passerelle can drop down over the swim steps to provide a very sturdy ladder at anchor.

They still don't meet the need you describe. Getting on and off the boat amidships is the most stable place. We use a Dan step-fender there which meets our current needs but I'm sure not yours.

I agree with the note above to explore carbon fiber. The side gangways I've seen have all been custom or semi-custom.

That doesn't look all that easy to deploy or retrieve. Then, what do you do with it underway?
They fold flat and hinge up against the lifelines.
 

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I have no idea where you all got the idea that we are millionaires, but just to set the record straight, 7 to 13+ grand for a carbon fiber gangway (around $2500 for alloy) ain't in the realm of possibility. Never.
We do not need a passerelle or gang plank or swim step; we need something with stairs. This is used at anchor to make boarding easier on a high freeboard boat. A lot of our friends with stern boarding and some of our charter guests find a ladder amidships difficult to manage. And yes, it folds flat up against the lifelines. It doesn't need to be stored anywhere else so weight isn't critical.
I did not mean to offend you. My point was that I understood that a passarelle did not meet your needs.

I haven't shopped the carbon fiber stuff. I've lifted them and they are wonderfully light and quite strong. I simply haven't looked at the prices.

The gangway idea is a great one, especially as we have both noted it folds up against the lifelines.
 

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Got a quote today for an alloy one from MarQuipt; us$7500.00 plus freight, so I'm guessing the carbon ones are even more dear than I'd thought. OUCH!
Ouch indeed. Carbon fiber is becoming more mainstream. It's possible the price difference will outweigh the shipping cost difference. Annapolis Boat Show is just a month away and I'll be there working on a couple of boats. I'll poke around and see what I can learn. That may be longer than you have in mind but it can't hurt. Has anyone else expressed and credible interest in getting one also?
 
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