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I am biased "Verity K" was designed and built by my charity in 1995 because I, and many of my peers kept being refused by the organisations that claimed they provided for disabled people when in fact they only provided for the easy ones to help. Verity K is still giving good service, She was built to test the special equipment required, and disabled peoples reactions to proper sailing,
She is 35 feet long, has a deep, safe centre cockpit, a very strong splayed bilge Keel, full ocean-going capabilities but still has under 5 foot draught, for use rivers, canals and shallow coastal water. She has all modern equipment fitted, including, full galley, central heating, fridge, satnav, self-steering, and an extensive range of safety devices.
The most startling aspect of the design is the ease
of access. There is a gangplank concealed in the hull that comes out onto
the quayside to allow a section of the hull and deck to roll out. This gives
wide easy access to the cockpit for anybody including wheelchair users.
The interior can sleep five people in three separate cabins. For comfortable and safe sailing, a minimum crew for the yacht should be one able-bodied qualified sailor and then one able-bodied person for each disabled person on board. Verity K was designed as a family sailing cruiser and remains so even with the redesign
Entry to the saloon is via a stairway, which has a wheelchair lift built into its sides. The design of the hull allows a very spacious saloon and there is space for a wheelchair to turn and use the galley, table, seating and navigation equipment. There are harness fix-points at each of these stations and throughout the yacht. The forward cabin, is suitable for disabled persons who do not need to use a wheelchair all the time. The saloon will convert to two berths and the rear cabin is wheelchair-friendly.
The head is in the corridor to the aft cabin and is
easily wheelchair-accessible with room for a wheelchair and assistant if
required. It has a holding tank for a marina. There is enough space in the
aft cabin to turn a wheelchair. Although the berth height is a little above
wheelchair seat-height, it should cause no problems with transfers Apart
from all the normal safety equipment.
All the controls are run back to the cockpit, and can
be reached from the helm. Roller reefing on all three sails (cutter rig)
minimises deck work which is a great safety factor.
Sailing the yacht will be in the traditional manner
from the cockpit. The main helm is mounted on the seating at the rear of
the cockpit and there is a second steering position that can be used by an
instructor to override the main helm or be used from the hatchway in really
Verity K is available to any disabled person or group who has sufficient qualifications and is acceptable to the charter manager, with no restriction on where she sails, or how long the charter may be, although practical provisions for onward cruises must be made if she is not returned to her home port. There may be a fee for use of the yacht, which in certain circumstances will be waived or assisted, and a qualified Captain/crew/carer will be provided if required.
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED