Find a Vessel without Steps
[SOLVED] Comfortable overnight accommodations for captain, 2 crew, and minimum of 2 guests with ideal flexibility up to 6 guests, at least 3 of which may be wheelchair users. Can accommodate larger groups of up to 20 for a day cruise.
In the process of aquiring the current Pluckeaum River Yacht that we have for Inclusive Adventures, we have gone through several other boats. In the slideshow are some of the best vessles that we have found on our search. They aren't all completely set up for handicapped users, but they are great examples of some inspiration for you. With the proper modification, any of these would be great for wheelchair users.
Other Wheelchair Modifiable Liveaboards
The following vessels may not all be easy to set up for wheelchair users, but they are possible, some more than others.
How it Started
After extensive searching, we originally believed only a very expensive, new custom built vessel would make this adventure possible. New Boat Builders and designs we identified included: Overblue Italy, Havana Houseboats Australia, Eco-See Cottages Savanti 43 Seattle, WA, Das-Hausboot Germany
Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance.
After more than 1 year, Mark Felling, Director of Inclusive Adventures, a Quadriplegic Wheelchair User himself with 14 years experience assessing and designing assistive technology and independent living solutions for the most mobility impaired disabled individuals with customers worldwide. A labor of love and passion, Mark has identified 3 very unique vessels with the potential to truly Broaden Horizons. Each vessel has its own character, history, advantages and disadvantages.
A Mobility-Impaired person and 2 guests could join her as guest crew throughout the year for a 1 month bucket list experience! Shorter 1 or two week cruises could be possible during certain portions of The Great Loop.
During this search a sailboat completely custom-built for a wheelchair user who captained it independently was identified that is capable of sailing anywhere, or even around the world! We would love to make this a possibility to provide accessible sailing experiences along the East Coast of the United States, throughout the Caribbean and Central America, with possibilities for Mediterranean and South American adventures but need a significant sponsor(s) to acquire this vessel that is singularly unique throughout the world before she falls into disrepair as the current owner is aging, and an affordable place to keep her!