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thataway



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: A cautionary tale, overboard and boarding ladder. Reply with quote

Just today, Lew on Cat Claw, was asking about a swim ladder. It was 10:30 PM, and a storm was brewing, so I wanted to double up on the dock lines. We are on the Tennessee River in a Marina, having launched at about 2 PM today.

I went along the dock, because it was "safer" than going along the side decks. I had the shade and rain cover over the air conditioner over the foredeck. As often these accidents happen fast, and we don't know exactly the mechanism. As I stepped on the boat, to put a bow line on, I slipped, and probably hit my left leg as I slipped off the boat, and between the boat and dock. Marie had gone to bed. I yelled out for "help". She could not get me out of the water onto the dock--about 2 feet above the water level. I could not hold on keeping me as high out of the water. The davit was on the dock side.--it might have been a possibility. I had Marie bring the inflatable, which was at the stern, tied to the dock. around to the bow--as I was loosing my grip. She got it there, but I could not pull myself into the boat, nor roll one leg into the boat. We decided the best solution was to get me back to the swim step and 3 step ladder which swung down from it by handing onto the bow of the dinghy, as Marie pulled it around to our swim step. I was able to get a knee on the lowest rung--and my upper body strength was giving out. I did get a foot (Had Teva's and sox on) onto the lowest rung. I got aboard, and have difficulty walking because of an injury/hematoma (on anti-coagulants) in my left leg.

Moral--always have some way to get back aboard if you fall in. Fortunately the water temp was 72 degrees. But with my heart and back disease, it could have been enough to have had serious consequences. After this, I suspect Lew will probably get a ladder soon!

Be safe!

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BillE



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Bob, so sorry, and I'll bet that Marie was scared to death. Hope that you are not too sore tomorrow but best plan on taking it easy. Best wishes.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, man! So glad you are OK. Rest up. Heal up. Take care.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob that is a crazy story and a lesson for us all!

You are always such an inspiration to all of us on safety and being prepared because life can happen at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways.

Thanks for the reminder. Makes me think twice before I go out by myself!
Good thing Marie was there!

David and Val

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob, a good reminder & glad the outcome wasnít worse & do hope you are able to continue on your present adventure.

One canít plan for everything that might happen, but in things like this, I do find myself more than ever before, planning a way out or preventing, the many what ifs that can & do happen to many.

Jay

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:43 pm    Post subject: Almost !!!! Reply with quote

Bob,
I am very glad to hear that you made it back on the boat safely. We all need you and your knowledge and your mate needs you.
Two years ago I installed a 4' fold down ladder from my Armstrong bracket down to the water. THe bottom step is 1 foot under when folded down. As I am a 320 lb man I am not sure it would have helped me to climb back in the boat but it would have given me a fair chance.
Heal up and keep on motoring. Don't give up now.
Jack in Alaska.....our water is 50F.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Almost !!!! Reply with quote

Jack in Alaska wrote:
Bob,
THe bottom step is 1 foot under when folded down......our water is 50F.


Before installing, I looked at the extension ladder choices and saw that most don't extend down into the water very far. Since I would be approaching it when submerged up to my shoulders, a first rung at one foot under would mean that I would need to get my foot up to chest height in order to get on the first rung. I now know that I can do that in warm water, wearing just a bathing suit, on a calm day, but it's not easy.

The ladder looks great folded up on the transom. I'm sure that the view looking up from cold water at night is much different.

Mark
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeow! Bob, glad to hear you were able to get yourself back onboard (with Marie's assistance). Those short ladders on the C-Dory swimsteps are a concern. What we did with our 25: keep a line attached to the railing (at the base) at the stern, close to the swimstep. With a line, I could pull myself up enough to actually get a foot on the bottom rung of the ladder. It takes some upper body strength, but it is the only way I found to get back into the boat on my own.

Take care.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesTXSD wrote:
Yeow! Bob, glad to hear you were able to get yourself back onboard (with Marie's assistance). Those short ladders on the C-Dory swimsteps are a concern. What we did with our 25: keep a line attached to the railing (at the base) at the stern, close to the swimstep. With a line, I could pull myself up enough to actually get a foot on the bottom rung of the ladder. It takes some upper body strength, but it is the only way I found to get back into the boat on my own.

Take care.


I just put a hand grip on the stern of my boat above the swim step.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad you're okay Dr. Bob. You really are an inspiration and a wealth of knowledge so we want you safe!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Bob - a really scary tale! So glad you are still around to tell us about it!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patty here. Wow, Bob. It can happen to anybody, I guess. So happy for the outcome and hope your leg heals quickly.

We traded out the 3 step ladder for a 4 step ladder-so much easier to step onto. We also added a grab handle which also helps pulling yourself up. Pat recently was stepping from the kayak over the gunwale and his leg pushed the kayak away and he fell in. He immediately swam to the swimstep and was easily able to get back on the boat.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no Bob, that sounds scary and very painful thank God you made it out and are on the road to recovery.

Get well and feel better soon!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad your ok hope you get better soon. I thought about what I would do if that happens and decided I would sit on the Permatrim plate and tilt the motor up to lift me out of the water. Now I just have to have the wits about me to do it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jkidd wrote:
Glad your ok hope you get better soon. I thought about what I would do if that happens and decided I would sit on the Permatrim plate and tilt the motor up to lift me out of the water. Now I just have to have the wits about me to do it.


Bob. so glad you are still here to tell us that story, and glad Marie was there to help too. The engine tilt system has been my plan to reboard if needed. I used to shut off the power when anchored or at a dock, but before this season I added the MOB+ device and rewired some things so I can leave the main switches in the "ON" position, making my engine tilt system a 24/7 workable plan.

Thank you for sharing, and for all your offerings here. So much enjoyed and appreciated.

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