I took the boarding ladder to a local welding shop to make a folding 2 step extension. I then attached a retrieval cord and created a velcro latch to hold it closed while in the engine room. I have not had a chance to test it out but this will mean we have 3 full steps in the water. Even an old man like me will be able to re-board, problem solved.
The total bill was just under $500 for material and labor and it took 10 ft of SS tubing.
Greg Whitaker, Julie B. 37VT63