OVER 2000 DISABLED PEOPLE SAIL WITH US EVERY YEAR - YOU COULD BE ONE OF THEM

I have been closely associated with the Thomas Morley Trust for some time and am writing to you

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE YACHT

SPECIFICATION FOR DISCUSSION

 

 


Spirit of Scott Bader needs replacing with a similar futuristic design up to 40 feet long with wider soles in the hulls and better lift space.  For cruising, sleep 2 double wheelchair access cabins plus sleep a further 4 people, the sail locker is acceptable.  For day sailing carry max of 12 for day sailing. There is a demand around the world for at least 20 such yachts.

 

There is a need for a large catamaran or trimaran of 50 to 70 feet (smaller is better if accommodation is acceptable) capable of  round the world cruising. Sleep 2 double wheelchair access cabins plus sleep a further 6 people, sail locker is acceptable, for cruising, carry max of 12 for day sailing.

 

 

 


futuristic design

 

90cm deck areas minimum width

 

deck fittings recessed

 

no ramped or sloping areas

 

no hydraulic systems

 

24 volt main electrics with 12v droppers

 

electric motors for lifts - 24v rp-d-320 is suitable as it has bronze and steel gears, no nylon or plastic and it has good safety brake

 

do not use internal diesel engines - use outboard motors or electric/solar assist with generator

 

1.5m turning circle in hulls

 

50cm berth height

 

all round vision from helm position - a flying bridge  forward cockpit is very good but needs a cover

 

radio control helm and engines

 

main deck all on one level

 

simple dyneema steering - no linkage or hydraulics

 

simple rig with usa intercoastal possibilities

 

winches oversize manual - electric option no hydraulic

 

access to rib from yacht

 

access to pontoon must be variable height and should be multi-level with access to all decks and 50cm below water line

 

80cm galley height 

 

75cm minimum under table height

 

50cm saloon seating height

 

90cm minimum width on all doorways

 

hull roofs able to take hoist rails

 

easy fenders storage see impossible dream

 

space for 2 x 6 man life rafts

 

wide floor area in hulls

 

low bottom of windows or windscreens to allow wheelchair users  better view

 

lift  access 50cm below sea  from  rear deck -  goal posts?

 

built in front beam – no striker

 

comply with current mca blue book where possible

 

bowsprit

 

minimal draught

 

all controls & sheets, accessible

 

no keels  - dagger boards that do not obstruct inside hulls

 

bow thruster

 

protection for rudders (lift up/folding)

 

wheelchair access to mast

 

wheelchair access to 2 cabins/heads

 

sleep at least 10 in wide berths – sail locker and settee may be used

 

easy boarding at sea

 

no steps in working area

 

spacious saloon and cabins

 

sealed buoyancy

 

large easy access holding tank

 

wheelchair access all round deck

 

wide unobstructed decks

 

net level with deck

 

turn a wheelchair in hulls

 

berths  mattress height 50cm but fold-aways acceptable in crew cabins

 

all round vision from cockpit

 

where possible glass to be used for windscreens and windows – certainly helm screen (van windscreens?)

 

cockpit coverable

 

if centre cockpit then roof of cockpit to be part of moulding with cut outs for  sliding roof or removable canvas

 

all controls within reach of helm

 

raked helm for wheelchair access

 

comfortable protected helm position

 

reef the main without going on deck

 

pilot chart table at helm

 

cupboards to have box racks not shelves

 

fees…

 

to finalise plans

 

to produce plans for a builder to quote from

 

to produce actual build plans

 

to consult during mould production

 

to consult during first and second hull  production (do you need to be on call for all of them)

 

 

 


 





OVER 2000 DISABLED PEOPLE SAIL WITH US EVERY YEAR - YOU COULD BE ONE OF THEM