st599 has it about right....but there are many variations...
Paserelle's (boarding gangway
for med-moored boats), run the gamete from a scrap piece of wood found on the side of a road, to carbon-fiber and alum extravagances, to custom hydraulic / electric
So, whatever you build / use will fit right in...
But, understand that stowing and lugging-around a heavy paserelle on-board can be a REAL pain...(yes this is common for Med cruisers, but just something to consider now, before you build something that is too big/wide and too heavy!!)
As for "length"....
That depends on your boat design and on the quays/pontoons/docks you'll use....
Sorry if that sounds like I'm ducking the question...but, if you have a sugar scoop stern (as I do) and/or are med-mooring in areas which have some surge (or even med-mooring to non-floating docks, such as my photos from Gibraltar
show), then you absolutely want a LONGER paserelle!!!
(Mine is 8' long and worked perfectly for me...)
If you have a traditional transom and/or are always going to be in areas without surge and floating docks (pontoons), then you can get by with a short paserelle...(such as 4')
Originally Posted by steve77
We are having a boarding ladder fabricated, and my plan is to have it double as a boarding plank when docking stern to. When the ladder is horizontal, I will use plywood to fill in between the rungs to give us a nice means of boarding. I'm thinking of epoxy paint
and some antiskid to coat the plywood.
(plywood would not be my choice, as this will make it heavy and another thing to clean, maintain, paint/varnish, etc..)
More importantly, I am looking at five feet (1.5 meters) for the length of the ladder. What do others recommend for this length to allow easy stern boarding?
(see details above...)
Here are some photos of my home-made paserelle....
It is 8' long and 14" wide (I used half of a 16' heavy-duty, OSHA-approved extension ladder), with 12" wide anti-skid King's Starboard planking screwed onto it (SS screws)....
Yes, it is bright yellow....and yes, as the call fiberglass
, it is GRP....and yes, it did draw many comments (all good) from fellow cruisers and dockmates!!
I made it so I can use it as a "plank-paserelle", and flip it over and it's a "ladder-paserelle"....which ever was needed....(on non-floating docks and quays, the "ladder-paserelle" was a Godsend!)
Supported by the main halyard it worked great!!
BTW, I was going to rig/install a pintel and socket to allow easy swing/pivot (which is always normal SOP for paserelles), but time got short before leaving Florida
, and I ended up using the rubber bumpers on both ends and a couple extra guide-lines....and it worked great...but, if I was planning on a few years in the Med, I would absolutely install a pintel/socket/swivel-mounting...
(and I had HD casters for the dock end, and would use 'em if I was going to be in one marina without floating docks, for a long time...)
And, here's a shot after the tide went out and I forgot to secure it higher...(I then added HD bungee, to keep it up until stepped-on...)
And, here is where I stow/transport it...it is NOT in the way at all, and while very strong it is actually light enough to be an easy thing to move / rig-up by one person...
I hope this helps...
s/v Annie Laurie