Let’s put more smiles on faces!
We want to be able to provide life-enriching boating experiences for many more people with disabilities – but to do that we need your help.
Cowes Sailability Club’s wheelchair accessible boat, Dougal, has been providing boating opportunities for disabled people on the Isle of Wight for nearly ten years. However, with a low freeboard, open deck and relatively small engine, she can only cover short distances and be used in good weather. Our dream is to replace Dougal with a larger, 9-metre motor catamaran that can convey more disabled people to more destinations, more often.
Specially adapted for people with disabilities with an adjustable helm, the new vessel will make a huge difference to the range of opportunities that Cowes Sailability Club can offer on the Isle of Wight.
The new boat will convey 10 passengers with disabilities, carers and volunteers at any one time, along with 2 crew members.
Up to 3 wheelchair users will be able to participate in every trip, gaining easy access via a wide side ramp.
With a covered wheelhouse for rainy days, the new boat will be capable of voyaging safely in inclement weather conditions.
Cowes Sailability Club will be able to run trips to more destinations as the vessel will be able to embark on longer journeys.
Children and adults with learning difficulties will be able to experience the thrill of speeds up to 15 knots.
To make our dream a reality, we really need your help to raise £131,000. So, please, take a moment to make an affordable donation now, using your debit card, credit card or PayPal account. The online payment process is very quick, easy and secure – and every penny you donate will go straight to the More Smiles campaign. Thank you.
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