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Old 09 October 2006, 13:24   #11
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Flappy floor, I think the idea of putting a length of rope with a foothold oi it over the transom is probably goingto be the best idea.

Problem is that the rope loop will want to swing under the boat. It is do-able, but not as easy in practice as it is on paper (or monitor, as the case may be.)
You're probably better off (from a bruished shin perspective) of trying that over the tubes; from the transom, use the motor as a semi-step (i.e. don't put all your weight on it; just enough to steady yourself as you use handholds to pull yourself up.)

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Biggles's way is the easiest. It's about as graceful as a hippo in a tutu though-you'll always end up on the floor with your legs in the air
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Old 11 October 2006, 08:47   #13
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Look at these.

http://www.clevel.com/seasteps.shtml

We use these (for snorkelling from 3.4m rib). Got them from West Marine in US (delivery was quick by UPS and charges were resonable).
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Old 12 October 2006, 09:44   #14
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Look at these.

http://www.clevel.com/seasteps.shtml

We use these (for snorkelling from 3.4m rib). Got them from West Marine in US (delivery was quick by UPS and charges were resonable).

They look perfect, do you think there is any difference between this a a rope with a loop init ? I think I could probably make those.
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They look very similar to "etriers" used by Rope Technicians for Aid Climbing.

The ones that Rope Tech's use have a more rigid strip of fabric at the bottom of each loop so that they stay open and it's easy to poke your feet into each hole. I'd imagine with rope, the loops would tend to collapse in?

If you have two - the technique for climbing them is to keep your knees inside them, and your knees directly above your ankles. Keep your legs as straight as possible - so use small steps one-at-a-time... it's far less tiring than trying to do big steps.

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I have a small aluminum ladder (2 steps) that I hang over the side when we're swimming. I hang it just ahead of the self-righting frame, so we can use the frame as a handhold.

When we are diving, we clip out tanks and belts off on lines over the side, then just haul ourselves in using the life lines. We do have the advantage of using fins. My tubes are 24" so it's still a pretty good lift.
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I would think that rope loops would not spread the pressure on the sole of the foot when you put your weight on it to lift yourself up into the boat. Maybe OK if wearing some footwear.

Also the width of the canvas spreads the load on the tube - rope will not do that.
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