How to board in case of need? Five emergency ladders for your boat

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A dip in the sea, a nice swim, and then a problem: getting back on board.
Ascent is a critical safety issue, underestimated by many. Cruising boats generally have a rigid ladder on the transom, but racing boats, small sailboats, rowboats, tenders and dinghies often do not. We then present a review of emergency ladders, and some thoughts on their use.

FIVE EMERGENCY LADDERS FOR YOUR BOAT (WITH PROS AND CONS)

The built-in emergency ladder
It
is mandatory for new boats to have an emergency ascent device. A great many builders resort to the version incorporated on the transom. Not easy to use, it is so minimal and unobtrusive that its existence is often forgotten or its maintenance neglected. Since it is anchored near the living work, it only offers support for the feet; it does not offer support for the hands. It cannot be relocated anywhere else, and in case of a wave, or the presence of an outboard, the stern may be the worst spot to attempt ascent. Uncomfortable? Perhaps. But in case of need it could save your life. The model in the photo (134 cm) costs 30.61 euros and can be found HERE

Quick-opening emergency biscagline
The safest for emergencies, there are ISO 15085 approved models. It is installed at the stern, on the side. Provides for bag opening by handle, with extension by drop. Better to abound in length to allow for foot support even when submerged. The ascent is smooth but still requires some familiarity to avoid “screwing” (note: the biscaglines of ships, used by pilots, have every 5th step a long batten that rests on the side and prevents screwing, easy to add if needed). The model in the photo costs 57.90 euros and you can find it HERE

Fender ladder
This object present the advantage of performing two functions, that of a fender and a small ladder. Being rigid, it does not screw down but being buoyant it cannot offer support for submerged feet (which is why there are no versions with more than 4 steps). It can also serve the function of a respect life preserver. The model in the photo, in its three-step PVC version, costs 53 euros and can be found HERE

The “mountaineering” webbing ladder.
Convenient to install anywhere, these ladders can be the ideal, lightweight solution to provide an extra handhold in emergencies or for those in distress. The fabric-only construction of the mountaineering ladders also allows them to be applied to the tender’s tubulars. The model in the photo costs 40 euros and you can find it HERE

To make no mistake: portable barcarizzo scale
The most versatile, and also among the cheapest. It installs anywhere you need it in a snap. Connected to a halyard, it can be slid over the side and lowered close to the man overboard without a harness, who will be able to hold on to several points and be brought to the vertical of the mast, before being hoisted aboard. The model in the photo costs 20 euros and you can find it HERE

Luigi Gallerani

This article is part of the “Living on Board” column. Below are the topics we have already covered:

– HOW TO DOWNLOAD OFFLINE WEATHER WITH A SMALL RADIO

– THE FEARS OF THOSE BOARDING FOR THE FIRST TIME

– THE DANGERS OF DO-IT-YOURSELF STOVES IN BOATS

– TWELVE LOW-COST TRICKS TO DEFEAT MOISTURE ON BOARD

 

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