Wheelchair Accessible Yachts, Suitable Dinghies and other Equipment of Interest to Disabled Sailing

GOS 16
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Report by wheelchair user Mike Wood, who has a spinal injury at C6/7, paralysed from chest down with partial use of hands, good triceps and biceps and some lats. Dinghy sailing since 1988 and yacht sailing since 1995 Mike designs, modifies and builds yachts and dinghies for disabled people and has a sailing program that provides over 2000 sailing places a year for disabled people.

Email....       mikewood@disabledsailing.org

WEBSITE..... http://www.fondear.org/Boats/BoatsWebBarco.asp?IDBarco=4815

This is a Spanish design and build but there are a handful sailing around the UK.

My judgment is that this is a good boat to learn sailing, it will forgive mistakes but reward your experiments. OK for most types of disability and easy to adapt, will not sink or capsize.

10/10 - As a boat for all types of disabilities - good seats, stable, good controls make it suitable for almost all disabilities

10/10 - As a boat for experienced disabled sailors - the amount of controls and tuning available make this a good interesting boat to sail and race.

10/10 - As a training boat - the tandem seating, controls, stability, 3 sails (it can run a spinnaker) make it a good boat for almost all disabilities.

8/10 - Ease of rigging - not difficult but needs a bit of knowledge to set up properly with the spinnaker.

6/10 - Ease of transport and launching - the fixed keel needs fairly deep water to launch and recover but not really difficult.

10/10 - Controls - everything you need and well arranged.

10/10 - Quality of fittings and build - good build and fittings.

9/10 - Getting in and out - narrow cockpit may hinder things a little.

10/10 - Sailing qualities - good in all conditions

6/10 - As a club boat - its seats and controls and sailing qualities make it a good club boat but its fixed keel might be a problem for some. them report good usage.



Its almost a WOODY or a Martin 16, its only its keel and smallish cockpit that stops it being 'great' but it is very good

Would I sail one today if offered the chance?.............. yes please.