Boarding when docked?

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Red Dwarf, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Red Dwarf
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    Red Dwarf Senior Member

    I have what feels like a stupid question but anyway.:confused:

    Virtually all the pictures of large cats I see appear to have no way of boarding when docked on the port or starboard sides. They all seem to be designed to be med moored.

    How the heck are people boarding when there is 5ft of freeboard and only rear access?

    Here is an example of the typical large cat with a sugar scoop transom. Now imagine this docked on it's port side. Are you supposed to climb the sides like Tarzan while wearing your nice dinner attire?
     

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  2. Stumble
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    Stumble Senior Member

    Paserails or steps. Most lifelines have gates.
     
  3. SpiritWolf15x
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    SpiritWolf15x Senior Member

    In Europe they all stern in to docks and use gangway ramps.
     
  4. TeddyDiver
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    TeddyDiver Gollywobbler

    Only the southern part.. North you never see that "med parking" ;)
     
  5. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    You are correct I have to reverse mine in the dock or access is impossible. Is there a problem with that?
     
  6. Red Dwarf
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    Red Dwarf Senior Member

    No problem if everywhere you go has room to reverse in and dock. I have been to many US marinas where many areas just did not have the room to reverse in. In addition many people in the US never reverse in and would probably have a fit if you did it. I know in Newport I would never reverse up to the fuel dock, they would have a cow. I don't think there is any logic to the aversion to reversing in, it is just that all the other boats are docked parallel to the dock and some joker reverses in and ruins the symmetry.
     
  7. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Many boats don't do reverse very well and owners are even worse . Reverse out and go is easy. But I dont understand if it drives in forwards why not backwards .

    Cats can reverse and is fun to do so. Up top with 360 degree view and with 2 engines I can spin on a penny and place it within inches.

    Marinas need to accommodate for cats and make adjustments or design accordingly, they do this here by keeping full docks available for the ever increasing cats on the water.

    If you cant reverse get some step ladders. Ive seen that too.
     
  8. CutOnce

    CutOnce Previous Member

    Med moored? Sounds like a failure to separate the men from the boys.

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  9. SteveMellet
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    SteveMellet Senior Member

    If you have the money for that sort of boat, you just get the butler standing by on the dock with the portable hydraulic elevator, with drinks ready.
     
  10. murdomack
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    murdomack New Member

    Fold out stairs have been around for years. Most of the old wooden gentlemen's yachts had them.
     
  11. murdomack
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    murdomack New Member

    Here's one I saw today
     

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  12. jamesgyore
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    jamesgyore Senior Member

    Thanks for the pic. A rather cleaver and tidy idea.

    My boat has a 904mm freeboard so I am not looking forward to trying to climb up over the side.
     
  13. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Easy access onto the steps at the stern and for the infirm I have a stanchion conveniently placed... When sitting on her bottom at the beach, lower a stepladder near the stern or at the bows for easy access - even when 'on-the-hard' at a marina... - No Wukin Furries... A matter of considered design and utility...
     

  14. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    The gap from my boat to the marina is just 18 inches and is the same height, stepping on with shopping or even bicycles and beer is a doddle . I have a swim ladder I designed myself that when folded up is a hand rail and when down is a swim ladder.

    And as mas says when on the hard it is still easy access with a bowl of water to wash so sand does'nt get on the boat.
     
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