Sailability Forum UK: new forum reply to Fund raising for a wheelyboat

New reply from Accessible Boating

<p>That is a difficult question, I think the issue may be how much you can afford to diversify. You've clearly made a success in your core product. </p>
<p>At first sight getting those that can't sail on the water is a great idea but it may require a different approach to marketing.</p>
<p>We are a charity that operates powered boats on the Basingstoke Canal, most of our business actually comes from care homes. They hire the whole boat and we crew it. We have recently ventured into book a seat cruises targeting individuals who can't afford the whole boat. These have been successful.</p>
<p>All our efforts are devoted to expanding the market we have. I did consider row boats or canoes with winches on the canal side to load customers but that is so far away from our current expertise it is probably not on.</p>
<p>I really fancy a wheelyboat but I can't convince my fellow committee members.</p>
<p>I notice that they offer to help charities with fundraising to buy the boat. It is in FAQ on their website.</p>
<p>Hope that helps a bit.</p>
<p>Cheers Graham</p>

Original Post by david mckee

Fund raising for a wheelyboat

<p>At Wealden Sailability we have expanded our fleet since we started in 2008. We now have 23 boats, ranging from 303s to a couple of 2.4's. We also launch a Rib and 2 further suppot boats. All of this requires high volunteer numbers. We have been approached by a potential sponsor asking if we have any major equipment needs. We are asking ourselves if we should consider buying a wheelyboat so that we can load wheelchair useres straight on. Clearly there are obvious advantages over having to hoist sailors out of thier chairs and on to a dinghy. However there are also some clear disadvantages. It begins to move us away from a "charity providing opportunities to sail" and more towards taking people out on the water. There is the extra efford of hauling another boat out of the water, storing the engine and also the asociated running and insurance costs.</p>
<p> My question is have other centres considered this option and have they faced similar arguments about how to proceed?</p>