when i fell out of my RIB (search RIBnet
) i used the cavitation plate as a step. and i only had one shot at getting back in because the RIB was drifting faster than i was. the kill cord was still attached to my leg.
when wakeboarding & skiing (engine running) we always used to "roll" over the side but this needs helpers in the boat and a good solid grab handle attached to a seat somewhere. this would be very hard on your own.