Meeting the needs of people with a wide range of disabilities, our boats make sailing accessible for everyone. We have four very special vessels of our own and also regularly charter a wheelchair-friendly powerboat and 35-foot sailing catamaran to broaden the experiences we offer.
Dougal II is a motor catamaran with a wide, flat deck that allows wheelchair users to board safely in five seconds or less, with the minimum of fuss. She can carry ten people, including up to four wheelchairs, and has a low-level, secondary helm, allowing everyone to experience the thrill of steering a course through the waves.
Windhover is our Cornish crabber, a swift and sturdy little boat perfect for introducing people to the joys of sailing. Acquired through the generosity of David and Charlotte Newnham in August 2013, she enables four passengers at a time to set sail on the Solent.
A Drascombe longboat, Iris is a roomy sailing boat capable of accommodating a large crew of up to seven people. As she doesn’t have a boom to bump heads, she provides a safer sailing experience, particularly for people with slower reflexes, impaired sight and limited mobility.
A crucial part of our fleet, Zebedee is a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that we depend upon to help ensure the safety of our crews and passengers. Capable of high speeds, she comes in very useful for towing in our sailing boats, if the wind unexpectedly – and frustratingly – drops.