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After Dairne’s stroke, a key objective was to enable her to get on board Ariadne.

We  had  already anticipated this kind of problem by having gates in the guardrails on both sides. We also carry a two step boarding ladder that hooks over the toerail.

Getting past the cockpit hood and into the cockpit is greatly assisted by the boom gallows.

The big step is from the bridge deck to the top of the engine box. To assist this, I got my brother in law to make the step shown on the right. While essential for Dairne, it makes things easier for my ageing bones too.

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