We need a step in time...
QWe have a cruiser stern narrowboat. The stern deck is quite low and we struggle to see over the roof. We have tried using a step but my wife keeps falling off it. Do you have any ideas?
. Why it is difficult to see over the roof? Is it, as you say, because the stern deck is unusually low or because the bow sits high in the water? If it’s the latter then adding ballast to the front or removing it from the stern so the boat sits more level might be all that’s required. But be aware that when you turn, the pivot point of the boat will have altered but you should soon get used to it.
Modifying the boat is likely to involve costs so my suggestion would be to get a much larger ‘step’ made. Possibly two halves that securely link together so it is easier to lift them off the boat for engine access.
If the stern deck is below the level of the gunwales (the side ‘decks’) you could have the stern modified so the deck is level with the gunwales. It would even be possible to raise the stern deck even more but this may look odd and with either modification, using the stern entrance into the boat is likely to be more difficult.