With these changes in place, boarding Sea Gem was a breeze. In fact, the only remaining safety concern was boarding at night (or the early morning) while it is dark. Truthfully, boarding at night was never that challenging (of course, neither was boarding during the day, yet he still managed to fall in). Our marina is lit well enough to ensure that, even in the dark, you can see where the dock ends and the water begins. However, since none of the marina lighting is particularly bright, we thought the addition of some strategically placed lights could only make things safer. Eric installed two small solar lights on deck by where we board (see them below in red), so we can see where we are stepping, even when it is dark:
These lights charge on sunlight during the day and emit a soft glow when night falls:
While not blinding, the light put out by these lights is just bright enough to cut through the darkness and help us see precisely where (and where not) our feet should go. They are our boat's equivalent of a porch light. So far, boarding in the dark has proven uneventful. And considering we'll soon have some very precious cargo in our hands, we want to keep it that way.