A very kind hearted response from John that has garnered a great deal of respect from me!
Recently we equipped a Farr 38 yacht with our fully automatic system for a Danish gentleman who sadly isparalysed from the neck down, he operates the controls with his chin and forehead !
It may be of interest to you if I were to put him in touch, if this is OK with you I will contact him and hopefullyget you together so to speak.
He has developed a gyro stabilised wheel chair platform which he calls the Wavester which allows him todrive his chair on to the boat, lock it to his stabilised platform and using our sail control system, go sailing.
Please advise, we will do all we can to help
Thanks for your offer with the Danish gentleman’s contact I very much appreciate your empathy, but I’ll decline it.
RSD is a syndrome that is very much centered on a damaged nervous system basically it fires pain signals continuously in varying degrees. The long and short is that on a good day I will be mobile and able to do many and varied tasks and a bad day the pain killers rule
my day, neurotropic and narcotic , some days it’s a good couple of hours and then I’m back in the dungeon.
I have full intention of sailing off around the world and I am looking into every avenue and alley in order to equip my catamaran
to my order of suitability for the trip. I’m one of those belt and braces personalities, you know, two of every thing incase the first one breaks.
So onward and upward we go, damn the torpedoes full steam ahead.
A lot of my interest lays not in the software
, which is hopefully a package that is in continual upgrade, but in the hardware
and the durability. I’ll be fine to change out a hydraulic ram at sea if I need to but my own background tells me that seals
will blow if the chrome lets go. And the salty ocean has a way of pitting the best quality chrome and if not the chrome, then the UV a bit closer to the equator than your situation will harden the finest oil seals
On top of that if I have a failure of the display in some far fetched location the ability to replace the display as the centre of (and the be all and end all) of my instruments leaves me at the whim of the Gods (or God be it He or She depending on your relationship with said Deity).
Any way before I pontificate to much, a very pertinent point was put forward to me by a fellow named Talbot in Norway
“Do you need to go the full automated route
, or could you consider electric self tailing
winches as the more cost effective answer? I suspect that we will see more and more vessels with full electric
winches, but not so many that go for full automation - after all that takes all the skill out of the task, and also introduces a large number of additional points of failure.”
I’m fairly certain of my own determination and abilities, I’ll find my way through, over or around the task at hand but I have to know what tools I have and can depend upon.