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Nautical gangways and davits Nautical gangways and davits Sooner or later, alas, you have to put your feet on the ground: you can't keep sailing the open sea forever. In that case, it's nice to be able to do it in comfort and, if possible, in style as well.That's why, in this section dedicated to gangways and davits, we want to help you choose the right boat gangway for your uses. From the first to the last, each nautical gangway selected for our online nautical accessories store has been chosen for its high quality of workmanship, its reliability, the goodness of the...

Nautical gangways and davits

Nautical gangways and davits Sooner or later, alas, you have to put your feet on the ground: you can't keep sailing the open sea forever. In that case, it's nice to be able to do it in comfort and, if possible, in style as well.That's why, in this section dedicated to gangways and davits, we want to help you choose the right boat gangway for your uses. From the first to the last, each nautical gangway selected for our online nautical accessories store has been chosen for its high quality of workmanship, its reliability, the goodness of the materials used and its excellent value for money. You will therefore be able to find wooden or aluminum gangways, fixed or folding, electric telescopic gangways or, instead, hydraulic and telescopic ones. In any case, we guarantee excellent functionality, and maximum safety for you and all your passengers.

Your boat gangway

Before proceeding further, then, you should ask yourself what your real needs are. Do you need a folding boat gangway, or do you want a fixed boat gangway instead? Will you be satisfied with a product that you yourself will have to hand toward the dock, or do you think you want something more instead, such as an electric telescopic gangway? We at HiNelson offer you all of these types, and many more. After all, there are many different factors to consider when choosing and buying a nautical gangway. Indeed, one must think about the type of boat on which this tool will be used, as well as the actual mooring situations one will have to overcome, and, finally, one's aesthetic needs. The details and variations to be carefully analyzed are not few: we are talking not only about the presence or absence of a motor, but also about the type of walking surface, the presence of stanchions, and the materials used.

Nautical walkways and materials

Those who have already taken a look at our section devoted to the online sale of nautical gangways have already gotten an idea of the wide range of choices. Indeed, boat gangway manufacturers do not err on the side of imagination, always being on the lookout for the best solution to offer boaters. But who should buy a simple wooden board to get on and off their boat? And who, on the other hand, should spend more, going to buy a power-assisted electric boat gangway instead? Let's see together what the various options and their advantages are. Let us start with a clarification that will be very useful to those who are new to this world and that will perhaps, instead, make sea wolves smile. In many of the catwalks presented on our e-commerce we talk about 'carabottino wood' decks. What on earth is this particular wood? This term refers to the typical wooden grating, usually made of teak, used in the marine marine world. Its characteristics are well known and immediately recognizable: thanks to its peculiar regular holes, the rapid outflow of water is guaranteed, and from this factor arises its wide use not only on boats - for the construction of gangways, ladders and more - but also on beaches and so on. Traditionally, the duckboard is made of a grating of highly durable wood such as teak, formed by crisscrossing laths set into a solid perimeter frame. Popular choices certainly include the now classic steel and wooden boat gangway. This type is often preferred because of its inexpensive price, which, however, goes hand in hand with its most typical drawback, namely its heaviness: those who buy a steel boat gangway in fact bring on board an object that tends to be heavy and therefore rather uncomfortable to handle, which is certainly not the best in the case of relaxing cruises, much less if there are no passengers on board ready to lend a hand in the onerous management of the gangway. There are, of course, many gangways that are lighter than steel ones. Those who want to overdo it can go so far as to secure four-kilogram nautical gangways, as can happen with the best carbon models. However, there are less expensive options in terms of material cost, such as fiberglass models or aluminum boat gangways. Those looking for a manageable, inexpensive and safe model can, for example, opt for a fixed or folding gangway made of non-slip extruded aluminum: we are certainly not talking about the best of solutions from an aesthetic point of view, but the functionality of this model is unquestionable. Look, for example, at Trem's fixed aluminum walkway: equipped with wheels and 190 centimeters long, it weighs 9 kilograms.

When and why to choose a folding boat gangway

Who should choose a folding boat gangway, and who, on the other hand, might well opt for a fixed gangway? What differs, of course, is the positioning of the gangway while sailing. Consider the fixed gangway: while cruising, this will obviously need to be attached to the stern pulpit. In the case of a collapsible nautical gangway, on the other hand, you will have the not inconsiderable option of stowing it on board, out of sight and out of the way, inside a locker, so as not to disturb anyone and not to waste space unnecessarily, a most valuable resource when it comes to life on board. Those who care about space, those who are already struggling with not too much space, therefore, will certainly have to opt for a folding boat gangway. Be careful, however: before proceeding with the purchase of this model, it becomes necessary to check both the exact measurements of the gangway to be folded, and those of the locker in which you intend to store it. It is not uncommon, in fact, to buy folding gangways driven by enthusiasm, only to find that they are far too bulky to fit in the space provided. In addition to the length, the width must also be measured. Again, one should not get carried away by enthusiasm: a platform width of between 30 and 40 centimeters is sufficient for any type of use. Once you have chosen the best gangway for your boat, you should think about whether or not you want to equip it with stanchions before you buy it. Here, of course, it is necessary to think about who will actually use it to get on and off the boat. That is not all, however. In many cases, in fact, people tend to buy candlesticks and then never use them, caught up in haste, laziness or simple disorganization (many boaters buy candlesticks, for example, and then immediately lose them in some corner of the boat).

Where and how to mount the boat gangway?

It is not enough to choose the boat gangway best suited to your purposes. No, once you have purchased it-or better yet, even before-you must in fact figure out where to install it on your boat. The possible points, in fact, are really many, and it is therefore essential to think about what will be the actual situations of use: after having reasoned well around all the hypotheses, it will be possible to choose the suitable place in which to go and fix the small glass that will house the pivot of the chosen gangway. Beyond the precise location, there is a general tendency to install the tumbler at half the height of the transom, so that moorings with high or low water on fixed pontoons can be dealt with without problems. This way, in most cases, there should be no problems whatsoever. On the other hand, to be sure that you always have the perfect solution, you can opt to install two tumblers at different heights. It is not all here, however. Before choosing the exact spot where to mount the gangway, one must also calculate the possible width of the tender that will accompany the boat, and which will therefore probably be parked between the boat and the dock. Sometimes it happens that, given the significant width of the dinghy, the gangway cannot reach the dock. To overcome this problem, it is therefore necessary to install the glass not too far forward. In special cases it is also possible to go to use special right-angled tumblers, which then allow the nautical gangway to be attached directly to the transom, so as to gain precious centimeters (in this case, however, it is advisable not to go too low, so as not to go to create a step of excessive height, that is, more than 32 centimeters). Another consideration to be made - for those who during cold seasons cover their boat with a tarp - is related to the position of the tarp itself: the glass should be easily accessible even in this situation.

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