Powerboat for wheelchair users

Published: Thursday, 12 April 2018

A NEW wheelchair accessible powerboat has been launched by not-for-profit charity Local Solutions at its Liverpool Watersports Centre.

This will be the first fully accessible powerboat at the centre, strengthening existing provisions for people with disabilities. The two charities, the Wheelyboat Trust and Local Solutions are working together to provide people with mobility impairments with the ability to participate fully in water-based activities at this centre.

Sir Bert MaisieDisability rights campaigner

The new Coulam V20 Wheelyboat, has been named Sir Bert Massie after the renowned disability rights campaigner and long standing trustee of Local Solutions will be launched today (Thursday)at 4pm by as launcned today by Sir Bert Massie’s wife, Lady Maureen Massie.

Local Solutions’ Watersports Centre is in the process of developing its facilities specifically for people with disabilities to boost well-being, self-esteem and skills. The combined successful fundraising of £33,220 by Local Solutions and the Wheelyboat Trust with the support from Sports England for the new Wheelyboat has allowed the thriving centre to enrich the lives of their learning, sensory and mobility-impaired visitors with this new roll-on, roll-off access powerboat, which will enable them to enjoy the excitement of water sports without the need to leave their chairs.

Operate the boat themselves

The special features of the Wheelyboat will provide users with mobility impairments with new skillsets, as disabled users will be able to learn to operate the boat themselves, as well as achieving accredited watersports qualifications. it offers flexible seating, an open level deck and a watertight bow door that lowers to form a solid ramp for extremely easy and safe wheelchair-friendly access.

The Wheelyboat Trust relies on the support of individuals, companies and charitable organisations to fund its activities. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including online at www.wheelyboats.org/donate.html.