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As clean looking as a Titania aft deck is, it remains on Harrier at least, under used and rarely frequented once one has scrambled from the tender. Occasionally when fishing behind Plymouth breakwater in a greasy swell this smooth aft sun bed has shown it’s worth when the Mackerel won’t hit my rusty feathers. Usually the tender is pulled up over the aft quarter on longer trips and stowed on the aft deck but it has always seemed that with a continuation of the guarding this space could at least be home to the new lift raft and life bouy set-up. Such storage is not a novel idea I know but still rare on our small cruisers where living space is at a premium when sleeping the full compliment of four adults.
Having found that the wonderful newly accessible drawing archive contains a Fairey pushpit design, and having confirmed in photos that such an addition is does not spoil the minimalist aftdeck to transom sweep I started mocking up a timber version. Of course with some adjustments! I want to continue to drag the tender up over the starboard quarter, as well as provide home for the safety gear. Perhaps somewhere to fix the small outboard to would be good as well. And whilst I am still only mocking up in softwood what about a hinged boarding ladder, 31 foot Atalanta style. The results are shown in the photos below. Design tweaks are now being considered but the next step is to start designing for manufacture. The outside edge of the 1×2 inch softwood represents the outside of the 1 inch stainless tube I will fabricate with, so more elegant than a first glance at the photo suggests.
The top of the Port side hoop is 700mm above the deck so only 100mm more than the guard wire stanchions. The step in the transom horizontal is to relate to the penultimate step when the ladder is raised.
More information and photos to follow.
In the meantime how does everyone else get aboard from a tender, is it over the transom?
And what about a man over board or summer swimmer? How do they climb back aboard?
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