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Old 11-10-2014, 15:43   #1
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Need suggestions for a wheelchair accessible catamaran

Hello everyone. My brother has multiple sclerosis, and is confined to a wheelchair. We are both avid sailors. He has been sailing a Martin 16 in Toronto, but we want to look into a catamaran which could be made wheelchair accessible. We would need a catamaran with a fairly large salon, and where the outside deck, cockpit and saloon are all at the same level. We are not concerned about making the hulls accessible, unless we design and build something for disabled access.

I have seen photos of a CSK 53' cruising catamaran, that appears to have deck, cockpit and saloon on the same level, i.e. no ramps required to get around on the boat. Has anyone seen this boat? Are there other boats that I should look at that meet our requirements?
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Old 11-10-2014, 18:51   #2
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Old 11-10-2014, 19:31   #3
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Re: Need suggestions for a wheelchair accessible catamaran

You might want to talk to Shake-A-Leg in Miami. They have a sailing program for disabled folks. It wouldn't surprise me if someone there had experience in wheelchair cruising.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:35   #4
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Re: Need suggestions for a wheelchair accessible catamaran

Glad to hear you are making the effort to include your brother on the boat.
I have modified my Lagoon 400S2 to include my father.
Fortunately he has some mobility.
This post is not one to aid in the search for the boat but one to encourage the search because the work you put into getting your brother out on the water will be the best thing for you both.
We sail together every week and are creating memories that are invaluable.
We have a wheelchair ramp that with assistance he can negotiate entry onto the boat then after a rest he slowly gets up the steps.
While inside the hand holds are numerous and he gets around albeit with some difficulty. We have to attend every move. His handrails come in very handy for everyone onboard in a nasty seaway, I added a few in my cabin due to how well his worked.
His smile when we get my boat sailing in a breeze is priceless.
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Re: Need suggestions for a wheelchair accessible catamaran

I'm building to accomodate a wheelchair, almost all boats don't.
I assume you don't want to spend a fortune.
Though not designed for wheelchairs, Johns Hitch's XIT is a single-level catamaran that can be sailed from the one level.
Was still for sale in OZ at $250k last I checked.
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Re: Need suggestions for a wheelchair accessible catamaran

You could get a Hobie 16 with a trapseat My brother races his...
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I'm not crazy enough to get on one of those contraptions with him so I am always looking to find a bigger boat we can go sailing on together. I will be interested if you find any really good ideas..
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But if you do want to spend a fortune, there is the Stability 60 SWATH
that will accomodate wheelchairs.

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