Safe and comfortable boarding and disembarking

Take the Easy Way Onboard by using our sturdy and well-designed boarding equipment! Båtsystem is leading the development in good boarding equipment assuring comfort, convenience, and accessibility. Price, design and good quality are essential. Båtsystem is also leading the development of rules and certification of, for instance, safety ladders. For safety reasons, this certification stipulates the installation of boarding equipment that all yards have to follow.

Mediterranean Style

Boarding from astern

Although Mediterranean style can be used anywhere in the world, it is mainly used in the Mediterranean area. Boarding is done from the stern, which has the advantage of easy boarding. The disadvantage is lack of privacy in the cockpit.


When boarding from the stern, a stern platform or gangway come well handy. They provide a very stable and spacious area.

Scandinavian Style
Boarding from the bow

Mooring the Scandinavian style is becoming increasingly popular, also elsewhere. The advantages are obvious: More privacy in the cockpit, often a nicer view from the cockpit, often easier to more bow-to, easier to fit in more boats along a quay, where every second boat moors bow-to and ever second stern-to. The problem that it would be more difficult to board or disembark is easily solved by Båtsystem’s boarding equipment for Scandinavian Mooring. Useful equipment in these situations are bowsprits or bow ladders.

Boarding from the side

In tidal waters you often berth alongside a quay or the marinas have a finger pontoon for every second boat in the marina. This gives a great synergy of all the positive aspects of mooring bow-to, while still boarding comfortably from the side - provided you have a side ladder.

At anchor

Boarding from the side or from astern depending on swell

At any amount of swell, boarding from the stern is made difficult from the dinghy. Many sailors thus prefer boarding from the dinghy from the side. When the swell is totally calm, you can also board from the stern. With the right equipment for the dinghy and a good platform, this may become a highly comfortable way of boarding.

Swimming / Man Over Board:

Preferably boarding from the side, alternatively from a platform from astern

The new ISO ISO 15085:2003 FDAM 2:2017 includes new rules for how long and wide a ladder must be. The key figures for rigid ladders are: 20cm wide steps, 56cm under water. For rope ladders following applies: rigid steps that sink and reach as far as 1,2m under water. These are the bare minimums! Better yet: the ladder needs to have an angle of at least 10° to allow for comfortable boarding.

Any type of MOB recovery in the least of swell should be done from the side of the boat, especially on a sailing yacht, where the centre of gravity is centered around the keel.