One of my favorite sailors was Tristan Jones who sailed on a flush deck catamaran
after he lost
both of his legs to amputations. He scooted around on deck
on a type of skateboard. He required help getting on and off the catamaran
I am an ophthalmologist, and people who have visual field defects after a stroke need to take special precautions because of their limited field of vision. There are lots of ways to get hurt on a sailboat, and it's easy to get seriously injured when something comes from the blindside and hits you in the head
or face. I have had patients blindsided many times over the years. If I had a major visual field defect, I would sail with a helmet and polycarbonate safety
glasses as protection.
Balance is a bigger issue because boat motion can be a problem even for people who have normal balance. I have found myself thrown around by the seas when sailing offshore
, and sometimes I fall down. Falling can result in fractures which are also serious problems when sailing offshore
That being said, where there is a will, there is a way. With the right sailboat design modified to your special requirements, you could give offshore sailing a try. You would need a sea kindly boat with a predictable gentle motion. I would not recommend single
handing. You would likely need to have at least one other crew member
who could help you out with the rough bits when weather
is less than optimal.
Good luck on your dreams. One of my favorite sayings is, "If you are going to doubt anything, doubt your limits." I test my limits every day, and if you are going to sail around the world, you will also be testing your limits every day.