I disagree with SV HyLyte.
We spend most of our time at anchor
If your boats design allows it
Öthe stern is by far the best place to board at anchorages
1/.. Most protected area in the shadow of the boat from wind
and waves to make transfer
2/.. Your tender
is usually tied astern Making boarding much more convenient.
naturally keeps tender away from yachtís topsides when broadside to the stern while waiting for someone. (less scuff or even need for fender)
4/.. Allows the option of larger boats to transfer supplies from the stern in rough weather
5/.. Gives you the option for Med mooring
access in case you ever need it.
Another point to consider is why not have both? Usually mid-ships is lower which is to me the only
advantage it has and the gates are already there, but the stern is much more functional when at anchor.
I have recently modified my stern boarding ladder to make an effective support that clamps up under the RIB
when it is on the davits
, making it very secure in rough weather and relieving the weight from the lifting davits.
Sorry donít have a photo
yet, but here is the old arrangement