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

New reply from Simon Whiteley

<p>A compromise (possibly no good for you in either role) would be something that can double up as safety etc cover. We used to have 2 Pioner Multis with front ramps, that could take a wheelchair, and we also used for safety cover when we were sailing more in the River Thames. In a safety role you probably need a 25hp, but for pottering an 8hp engine should be enough. We sold them for the reasons Graham gave- we wanted to focus on being a sailing club. Inevitably the decision had its opponents, and we might reconsider. My guess is that the current trustees would not object to the principle of a powered boat but would want to be satisfied on the economics- engine servicing, parts and fuel, storage – plus volunteer enthusiasm to make a success of it.</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>