We built these to help our guests who have knee or other problems that make it difficult for them to get in and out of the boat.
The dock assists are positioned so that a person has something upright to hold onto for support while stepping onto the boat's bench seat and then out to the dock. Everyone said they worked great. Another innovation were handrails (not shown in this photo) that lead down to the dock ramps.
We built dock assists for all the floating docks in camp in 2013 and will work at getting them on the crib docks as well in 2014.