Yes ... backing in ...
placement required the stepping design.
For those of us a little "longer in the tooth" ... older, a step of more than 10" becomes akin to a leap of faith ... higher steps even more so.
So my last step requires me to basically jump to the sole, while trying to use the handhold to slow the jump.
When the lower handhold broke, while simultaneously releasing the upper handhold ... that was all she wrote.
nothing should've been on the sole of the boat ... my fault
never should make a too big of a step BIGGER, by stepping back further toward the bow ... my fault.
handholds used for manuevering and actually getting around or actually staying on the boat ... NEED TO BE SUPER STRONG ... not just strong or somewhat strong.
the handhold that broke was a galley
handhold ... one of those "cute", handholds that have a bend. I never should've relied on it, but it was the only available handhold for that last big step since that last step is a little more than 3' distant from the last, more substantial handhold. being at 3'+, means I have to release that handhold at the same instant that my knees are bent the most ... right at that most critical moment of the stepdown.