There has been several times having to take a water taxi outside the breakwater of Long Beach Harbor to a oil super tanker.
We would come along side in 4 to 6 foot swells trying to step onto a rope jacobs ladder then climb 4 to 5 stories up the side of this tanker. It was bad enough sucking wind when you got to the top you still had 4 stories to climb to the bridge.
They put your tools in a bag and rope them up.
Then you had to climb back down this rope ladder and time it just right to step off onto the water taxi.
Don't think i have it in me to do this anymore...