Originally Posted by SayGudday
Totally agree. Boarding at the bow is impossible under those conditions and attempting to board from the stern is suicide, especially if you have an outboard motor
(says he who has tried it many times from a kayak).
Adding… obstructions… outboards/self-steering to the stern or any other scenario that can impale you is not a valid argument for discounting a swimmer boarding from the stern.
If we take these away, and you just have a boat wildly shearing from side to side, with large breaking waves and swells, rolling/crashing down both sides…. it is not going to be easy.
However, a good swimmer and a good ladder (with good timing) is far safer than from a dingy with prop turning.
100% of the time at anchor
in normal conditions I am boarding from the stern, where there is less wind
So I happen to be properly set up on the stern and if I ever got into such a crazy situation that would still be my choice using my strong properly angled swim ladder 4 rungs below the water
. Ladder angles out about 10 degrees so not even close to the stern. Only I would be swimming.
In this crazy situation….All about timing.
As a swimmer, you hold back in the water
, watch the sets and count how many extra rungs go under. Time your grab when it is at the lowest, to step on and grab with 2 hands a clear rung. Elevator ride up and you quickly climb above the low water mark… hang on then slowly climb on board when relaxed.
On other boats, not set up like mine on the stern and with no ladder…I would have no choice but to do what they did.
Only I would probably have tried to push with dingy bow up against the favored lee side to hold the lee a bit longer and have the guy climb up from the tender
But I would not like it and be mad at myself for getting caught unprepared like that.