44 is a solid boat and very surprised that the Navy
had these boats without permanent boarding ladders. I sailed on one back in the 90's during the US Offshore
Championship, great fun and I don't remember a ladder. I'm would add a permanent stern ladder and also add a temporary ladder midship at the gate. Midship is easier for getting getting out of dinghys. The aft one is much easier to deploy in a seaway, and for getting someone out of the water.
Quick story I jumped in off my parents boat, to retrieve a flipped inflatable
. The following wind
had built and the dinghy with a motor
had flipped, and the painter had parted. After getting the dinghy secured in the 6-8 ft seas, the tricky parts
was getting back onboard. They had a midship folding teak
ladder, trust me it's a challenge to set and lower these types in any type of sea. Plus they will pinch your hands while moving.
I've gone over twice, so ladders are the most important safety
item on my boat. We were sailing off Wolf Trap in the bay. The boat was sailing itself at 6.5kts, just a prefect day. I went forward to secure a rattle in the anchor. It was a super claim day and didn't have a lifejacket. While bent over, the bow hit a freak wave. First the bow went up and then it peirce the second wave. Now I'm flying in the air and sliding down the genny. I was able to grap the lifelines
. With my hat, glasses gone and shorts around my ankles being dragged at 6.5kts, I yell. My girlfriend was asleep, but heard the call. After a quick stop and a deployed lifesling. I was able to let go and slide to the back of the boat, grab the line and pull myself to the stern to the aft ladder. My stern ladder has a line at the water level, that allows it to be lowered while in the water.
Think about the worst conditions you might need to get off and on the boat or people out of the water. I know the OP doesn't want a stern ladder, but it is my first choice.