An Oceanis 48 adapted for disabled

BY vicsail

5 June 2014
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Manx charity Sailing for the Disabled is marking its 30th anniversary this year with a new yacht which will make the pleasure of sailing even more accessible to people with disabilities.

Sailing for the Disabled is run purely by volunteers. Members with disabilities are actively involved in sailing our current boat on short sails, day sails and cruising further afield. In this they are supported by volunteer skippers, mates and crew. The charity has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The old boat, Pride of man II, serve the charity well since its purchase in 2005. Pride of Man II is a great boat but has limitations in providing for our current sailors, for example people with wheelchairs have to be hoisted on and the toilets are down steep steps. That’s why they decided to built a new boat and they chose the Beneteau Oceanis 48.        oceanis48_1796

The new boat is being specially adapted to offer sailing to more people. The main adaptations include:

- An access ramp from the stern for wheelchair users                                                                                                                   – A sliding cockpit table to allow access through the cockpit                                                                                                           – A lift that allows a wheelchair to go down into the saloon                                                                                                           Other adaptations will help people move around the boat and provide better protection from the weather.

The new boat is due to arrive in the association of in late September after being on show from September 12 to 21 at the Southampton Boat Show, the biggest of its kind in the UK attracting over 110,000 visitors.

 

 

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