Jack, my arthritic old buddy has been a good sport and not complained during the past year while we've lived-aboard on the hard
refitting our new home (50' aluminum
m/s). I've done as much as I can to accomodate his getting on and off the boat. I have a 20' container parked beside the boat which I use as a shop, so I built a staircase. At first he needed a ramp
, fabbed up from an extension ladder, but eventually he got used to using a more permanent long term solution of pull out step extenders on the companionway
steps. Once we launch, I'll be using his dedicated davit and harness for getting him in and out of the dink. At a 100 lbs, he's quite an armfull to muscle around but he's my best friend, so whatever it takes.