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Nautical Structures specializes in the design and manufacture of individually-built exceptional passerelles. Each passerelle is built to order and to the exacting standards of the client. No two are necessarily produced exactly alike as each vessel we build for tends to be unique. The passerelles are available in any one of a number of configurations, including telescoping, folding, folding with a telescoping section, and the self-leveling ‘Jack-knife’ style.

Rugged aluminum alloy construction and attention to the finer details is what differentiates the Nautical Structures passerelle from that of all other manufacturers. From your first step onto your Nautical Structures Passerelle you know that you have arrived back on board in the comfort and style that you are accustom. The exceptional quality and value of your vessel has now extended all the way to the dock as the passerelle is typically the primary entranceway onto your yacht. Quality features include: Watertight enclosure fabricated in either steel or aluminum alloy, Self-Propelled Deployment, without the use of belts or gears, hydraulic luffing and slewing, the ability to self-support its weight above the dock while passengers are boarding with very minimal deflection, mandrel-bent Hoop-Style stainless steel handrails, traditional seamed teak walking surfaces, LED lighting hand-laid into the teak, wireless remote control, call-bell/intercom/security system, hydraulic automation including self-support and float-feature, and automated hydraulic transom door.

Additional features may include:

  • Float, a feature that allows the passerelle to be deployed onto the dock with the benefit of dock-wheels. The passerelle is capable of moving with the tide and with the vessel on its spring-lines.
  • Telescoping Sections, single or double telescoping sections that allow adjustment of plank’s deployed length and permit the plank to fit into shorter enclosure lengths.
  • Folding Section allows the plank to fold back under, or back over onto itself, allowing the passerelle to fit into even shorter enclosure lengths.
  • Folding & Telescoping Sections, this allows for the maximum amount to deployed length to fit in the shortest possible enclosure length. This feature allows the plank to fold back under, or back over onto itself, with a single or double-telescoping section built into the folding section.
  • Jack-Knife Design, this style surface mounts onto the transom or aft seating of a vessel, or integrating into the swim-platform when stowed. A self-leveling end section allows for comfortable boarding from the dock. Also very useful used as a tender-dock while on the hook!
  • Self-Leveling stair treads, allow the passerelle to deploy in steeper angles providing a greater utility of deck-to-dock service height. The self-leveling stair treads essentially turn the passerelle into an accommodation stairway.
  • Seamed Teak Decking, a style feature that enhances the look and style of the passerelle, and adds the sure-footing of teak battens.
  • LED Lighting, for the ultimate finishing touch. This option integrates lighting strips into the teak-decking option. The Passerelle’s elegance is stunningly obvious in the evening hours with the subtle contrast of light emitting from the teak walking surface.
  • Hydraulic Transom Door, closes the aft-end of the watertight enclosure with perfect integration with the transom.  Multiple hinge designs allow for the great variety of transom shapes and boarding gates.

Available Models:



 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Single-Telescoping Gangplank

Single-Telescoping Gangplank

The single-telescoping type passerelle is a design that enhances the stowed efficiency and deployed flexibility of the plank. The passerelle may be deployed with the telescoping section extended or retracted.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Double-Telescoping Gangplank

Double-Telescoping Gangplank

The double-telescoping type passerelle is a design that increases the stowed efficiency of the plank. By doubling the plank-sections the ratio of stowed length to deployed length is increased. This allows the pocketing hydraulic passerelle to stow in shorter spaces in the yacht. The passerelle may be deployed with the telescoping sections extended or retracted.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Triple-Telescoping Gangplank

Triple-Telescoping Gangplank

The triple-telescoping type passerelle is a unique design that increases the stowed efficiency of the plank. By tripling the plank-sections the ratio of stowed length to deployed length is greatly increased.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Fold-Over Type Gangplank

Fold-Over Type Gangplank

The fold-over passerelle provides a unique solution for vessel designs with limited stowage space or requirements for enhanced deployment length. The folding design provides the greatest efficiency in the stowed:deployed ratio. This ratio is further enhanced when the folding plank section includes an additional telescoping plank section.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Fold-Under Type Passerelle

Fold-Under Type Passerelle

The fold-under passerelle provides a unique solution for vessel designs with limited stowage space or requirements for enhanced deployment length. The folding design provides the greatest efficiency in the stowed:deployed ratio. This ratio is further enhanced when the folding plank section includes an additional telescoping plank section.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Extended Car Section

Extended Car Section

An extended transport-car section provides useful utility in the deployment of a passerelle. In applications where the passerelle deploys from an aft stairway, the extended car section will move the point of rotation aft to a position where the plank may slew outboard and clear the transom bustle.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Self-leveling stair

Self-leveling stair

A stairway is an excellent embellishment to any self-supporting passerelle. Typically there are two approaches to adding a set of stairs to the plank. The simple method is to integrate a set of boarding stair mounts into the final section of the passerelle.



 


Hydraulic Transom Door

Hydraulic Transom Door

Most Nautical Structures passerelle enclosures are fabricated and classed as a watertight element of the vessel. As such the hydraulic transom door is typically built as a weathertight closure. Because of the large variety of transom architecture, there is no such thing as a "standard" door/hinge configuration.



 


 Pocketing Single-Telescoping Gangplank, Luff & Slew.
Swim-Platform Mounted Passerelle

Swim-Platform Mounted Passerelle

The swim-platform passerelle is integrated into the yacht’s swimplatform in a unique and ingenious use of available space. The swim-platform passerelle provides boarding from directly astern as well as from the starboard side of the yacht. The swim-platform passerelle is designed to stow in the full beam of the yacht.



 



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