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Making boarding from the tender easier

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What is the issue?
Coming alongside and climbing aboard in a highly unstable tender is not an easy task. For people who are more senior than others, slightly heavier or are not familiar with a world in motion it can prove prohibitive. Even for born yachties, it is less than convenient and very awkward when ferrying provisions back and forth, and a struggle in a chop.

Why address this?
Clambering aboard, particularly from a tender, is totally awkward on most vessels and a daily bane. It is a prime time for people to fall in and/or loose equipment or provisions.

How to address this?
Make life easier by placing a convenient step fender where you regularly board. Fender steps are available that double as a fender in normal circumstances.

Three Step Fender Ladder
Photo: Courtesy of MAJONI

Not only do they enable easier access from a tender, but they are also just as helpful in marinas and especially with boats with high topsides, and with children. If you do not wish to buy a special purpose fender/step or ladder, a regular small rigidly inflated fender tied off as illustrated below will also provide a helpful step up.

Rigidly inflated fender used as a step
Photo: Tony Gibson

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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