Features February 2016 Issue

Search for Safe Boarding Boost

Testers evaluate three single-step, portable boarding devices.

Anyone thatís ever hopped on a Jacobís ladder at a fall festival can relate to the feeling of the rope-attached steps swaying wildly from side to side under your weight. Suspended boat-boarding steps can inspire that same unsteady feeling. Ascending the steps, which curve in along the chines of a boat, can throw a climberís center of gravity backward, away from the hullópossibly sending the climber into the drink.

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