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Ideas to hold a boat still while elderly people get in

Old 02-15-2018, 02:41 PM
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Hi Guys

I am currently looking into the problem of elderly people struggling to get into sailing boats as many elderly people often struggle to get into a sailing boat safely and in a stable manner. I would like to design and build a solution to the problem by designing a product that would make it easier to get into the boat without it rocking so much.

I would love to see any drawing or rough sketches that people have that could provide me with some ideas.

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Old 02-15-2018, 02:46 PM
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There is an oiutfit on Cape Cod that takes disabled and elderly people sailing - they use a harness and a small swinging boom to put people on the boats.
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Wasn’t a sailboat, but I used to keep it tied with the motor in gear at idle speed. Steady as she goes.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by sharktripper View Post
Wasn’t a sailboat, but I used to keep it tied with the motor in gear at idle speed. Steady as she goes.

A 500# electric davit with a sling chair. The get on it you swivel it around and lower them in boat.

Most sailboats I have owned were rock steady at the dock. They did not dip when you boarded. Of course if you weight 400# it will dip an inch. They did not have a wineglass hull. They did not sail on their rails. Women don't seem to like leaners.

Nowadays I stick to power and only day-sail occasionally. The daysailer is a Catalina and she's a leaner.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:24 PM
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So you want other people to give you their drawings so you can profit from their designs?
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:55 PM
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This question has been asked before: Getting elderly people into boats

By you.....
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:17 PM
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Make it fun...sliding board and bean bag.
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:30 PM
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For older boaters, sometimes all that is needed is a stable handhold mounted on the boat being boarded. Such handholds are often lacking on boats. The item pictured fits into pole holders. Something similar could be fabricated.

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Old 02-15-2018, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by solarfry View Post
A 500# electric davit with a sling chair. The get on it you swivel it around and lower them in boat.

Most sailboats I have owned were rock steady at the dock. They did not dip when you boarded. Of course if you weight 400# it will dip an inch. They did not have a wineglass hull. They did not sail on their rails. Women don't seem to like leaners.

Nowadays I stick to power and only day-sail occasionally. The daysailer is a Catalina and she's a leaner.
Great for getting drunk friends on/off as well ......
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Install a sea-keeper
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:45 PM
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I have always had a practice of no one onboard who can't swim to save themselves, thus boarding someone who is unstable is not a good ideal in my book.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Bayfly View Post
I have always had a practice of no one onboard who can't swim to save themselves, thus boarding someone who is unstable is not a good ideal in my book.
Depends on the will
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:25 PM
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Floating dock with steps or a ramp . Of course its all been done
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:35 PM
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Tie up tighter.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:43 PM
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This is why god invented pontoon boats
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:53 PM
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Put a chine on the side of the boat that will rest on the dock. That will prevent the boat from tilting towards the dock when people board. To leave the dock, transfer weight to the opposite side of the boat to lift the chine off the dock surface while you pull away. You could put screw jacks on the dock end of the chine to allow for varying dock heights.
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Old 02-16-2018, 04:31 AM
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As a sailor, I don't want to be taking elderly folks on the boat who aren't stable enough to climb on/off by themselves. Mainly because most monohulls heel over! If they can't get on the boat while it's sitting still at the dock what are they going to do when it's heeled over?

That said, if you're running a large charter catamaran the issues above are negated since it's basically a pontoon boat with sails. As someone said above, this is why god invented pontoon boats!
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