No Swim Platform
Nettle Nets have been used successfully for many years from boats without swim platforms. Start by unrolling the float ring and unraveling the pool along the lifeline or railing along the side of the boat. Locate the tie strap on the outside of the pool nearest to the air valve and tie onto the tie strap a short length of rope to use as a security line (3 – 6 feet long). This line will help you to control the pool as you feed the pool into the water, and then as you lay your swim ladder into the pool. It will also help you control the pool when you remove your swim ladder from the pool and begin to bring the pool back up to the boat when you are retrieving the pool. And most importantly, you will tie this line to your swim ladder to secure the pool to your boat. This security line keeps the pool attached to your boat and prevents it from floating away in the event that your swim ladder floats upwards. It may also be helpful to tie one or two additional longer mooring lines to the tie straps along the sides of the pool. These lines can help you manage the pool to the stern of your boat, and can be tied off to cleats or stanchions to help hold the pool in place while in use.
Once the line(s) are tied onto the pool, position the pool with the float ring inside the lifeline/rail and the net hanging over the side of the boat into the water. Put the air valve on the pool into the closed position, and begin pumping with the enclosed foot pump. Inflate as hard as possible using the foot pump. The Nettle Net cannot be over-inflated using the pump supplied; however, any type of electric or compressor pump could over-inflate and burst the float ring, ruining the pool. The Nettle Net will tend to become a circle as the air pressure increases and will drop into the water. Hold the valve up near the pump and continue pumping to get all wrinkles out of the float ring. Remove the foot pump from the valve and put the dust cover back on the valve. While holding on to the security line and/or a mooring line, drop the Nettle Net overboard, pull into position at the stern of the boat with the mooring lines, and gently drop the ladder into the pool. Secure the pool to the ladder with the security line. You are ready to swim! Enjoy!
Always retrieve the Nettle Net prior to any storm.
To retrieve the pool, first untie the security line from the swim ladder. Hold on to the security line, or a mooring line. While someone holds one of the lines, lift the swim ladder out of the pool. Pull the pool forward away from the stern (and the rudder and propeller) along the side of the boat, open the air valve dust cover on the float ring and put the valve into the open position. Much of the air in the float ring will rush right out. Pull the float ring together and up and over the lifeline (2 or 3 feet at a time), reversing the deployment steps, leaving the net hanging outside the lifeline/rail. Don’t fight the boat if it is sailing over the float ring—wait until the boat reverses direction away from the float ring before retrieving the pool.
Once the pool is on deck, let any water drain from the netting for a few moments. What you do next with the pool will depend on whether you are heading to a new anchorage, or heading home. Please see Caring for Your Boat Pool
for instructions on each potential scenario.