[QUOTE= . They want to board; it is their responsibility to be prepared for the task IMO.[/QUOTE]
They ARE prepared for the task. Their steel-hulled 600hp monster doesn't need any fenders, and their hard-soled shoes grip just fine on any deck.
In sailing class, we learned about how a dinghy
was apparently assisted with a tow from the USCG. The dinghy
crew tied the towline around the most solid thing aboard- their mast
- with a bowline, as they had been taught by their instructors. The CG proceeded to begin the tow at 15 knots, and ripped the mast
out of the boat.
Since then I've been wary, though I have needed their help in New York
harbor. Swirling currents between tides wrapped our anchor
line around the keel
, and none of our maneuvering would free it. A gentle push on our quarter against the current
from a passing USCG RIB
turned us and freed the line to lead to the bow. It helps if it's not too rough, you can pick your helper, and everyone knows what they're doing.