Dairne’s stroke has left her mobility impaired. There were several issues that needed addressing, but the most urgent was a safe boarding ladder. It is 3 atwps, and much wider than a standard boarding ladder. It was made by Derek and Robin at Marchwood. They had considerable difficulty bending the tubing round the tight radiuses, and keeping the wider structure stable. It turned out to be a considerable challenge, and they made very little (if any) profit. That said, the end result has been very successful. The wooden treads were made and fitted by Mike Gurney, who also attached the handle to the side of the saloon. The handle is used by everyone who gets on or off the boat. Maybe it should be a standard fit! (Be careful fitting it, however, as there is a cable duct immediately behind!)
Mobility access was such a key issue for us that it has its own page in case some of our experience is helpful to others with similar issues. Click here to read more.
Trained as Naval Architect. Involved in shipbuilding and shipyard construction/ Worked briefly in aviation. Joined Associated British Ports in 1984 as Business Development Manager. For 10 years until retirement in 2001, Environment Manager at ABP. Has owned several yachts described on this website