We've got steps and they work just fine, but I've been considering adding another "platform" next to the steps. I can make it have double duty as a fenderboard or maybe a jerry can board.
The idea would be about 3-4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and however thick to make it strong enough. Drill holes in the corners, hang it from the gunwale with line. My wife wants something that we can place stuff on as a "in between" when going from the dinghy
up the freeboard of our boat. Put the milk jug on there from the dinghy
, then reach down and grab it once you're on deck
That's the idea anyway.