Scott Strickland of Bonita Springs, FL asks:

How do you get on/off the boat with a stern tie? When I cruise the Med, should I have some kind of gang plank? (note: Scott Strickland has a Nordhavn 47 on order.)

Jeff Leishman responds:

Boarding a boat here is difficult. We are tied stern to but we are at a seawall that has depth right below it so we are able to get close enough to step on the fenders that are tied to it and jump up. Some of the other ties have shallow water to about 10 feet out. These boats all have passerrells. Actually all of the boats here have some form of passerrell. If I were going to be doing more cruising here then some kind of plank would be mandatory. They are easy to fit on the stern rail if need be.

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