Wow great comments everyone! I usually am in the rear position. I like the idea of using rope handles, because I cannot reach the crossbars to pull myself up. That's a great idea. As well, I never thought about taking out the drive, as I was using it to push on when attempting to stand over the side. But with it out of the way, there would be more room. Also, with using rope handles, I could bend my knees and pull myself up to a standing position, and simply step over the side. You guys are great. Thanks ever so much! As for "fat bastard", you gotta do what you gotta do, lol - it looks good, and 25 yrs. ago, my hubby DID open doors for me, but that quickly went out with the trash, lol But he has a lot of awesome qualities that are taking us through to retirement.
His skill with getting in and out of the TI are amazing, as he is 6'2 and really fit. In fact, when he sails alone, he moves about from seat to seat, having fun. Our tramps are back-ordered, but I'm sure he'll be using them to hike out in higher winds, with me in the back lol. Thanks again everyone.