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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Thoughts on Stern Pulpit

How can you easily accommodate a boarding ladder, dinghy davits, clear side decks, and still have reasonable mounting space on your stern pulpit for other safety gear and doo-dads? And still have it fit the lines of the boat? The drawings below is what I have come up with so far. Idea taken from the design of a similar shaped boat pictured at the bottom. The idea is essentially a swim step "elevated to deck level" that "wraps around" the stern. Integrated into the step is a hinged boarding ladder that can be "dropped". The frame for the step is high enough such that simple davits can be installed using blocks (pulleys) to raise and lower the dinghy (when coastal cruising). With the boat being a ketch, the step can extend aft enough to provide end-boom sheeting for the mizzen (gives best mechanical advantage). My wife is not sure about it, but I think it looks decent. Certainly better than a big radar arch and/or hinged/folding davit structures for the dinghy. No?

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