We have a variety of boats providing people with all types of disability the opportunity to get out on the river and enjoy boating.
The Hawk is a 20ft self-righting, self‑draining, shallow-draft, centre-board, sea going dayboat built in GRP. Whilst it has exhilarating performance and is suitable for racing or cruising, it is also extremely stable. This makes it an ideal boat for our sailors who want a little more excitement!
The Hansa 303
It is the ideal boat for someone's very first sail as they can be accompanied by an experienced sailor and they can start in the crewing role and be trained in the use of each element of control i.e. Jib only, Mainsail only, Helm only, then combinations until she/he is controlling the whole boat. They can also be trained in the basics of racing strategies and tactics.
We have two Liberty’s which are specially designed single handed boats similar to, but faster than, the 303. They provide our more experienced sailors with a bit more excitement and speed
Kanata is a Drascombe Longboat which we adapted to have central wheel steering and a go-kart type supportive seat into which sailors can be hoisted if needed, so that they do not have to cross the boat when they tack or find themselves sitting on the low side. The seaworthiness and roomy cockpit area are ideal and the flexible sail plan is a huge advantage. It is ideal for an instructor to be able to take parties of up to 9 people out on the water to experience the thrill of sailing.
She has also joined the Gaffers Regatta on the river.
Oscar is an RS Venture Connect set up with a Dual Seat Control System. The supportive seats enable disabled sailors to steer the boat using a joy stick and handle all the controls. With an asymmetric spinnaker she provides sailors with some exciting sailing especially in a bit of breeze. She has been used in races with other sailing clubs on the river.
Farries Flyer aka “The ARC”
Used for trips on the river. She is an Aluminium Landing Craft capable of taking heavy powered wheel chairs loaded through a side door or over the bow ramp which is also used when we land on beaches for picnics.
There is even an arrangement that allows members to steer the boat from their wheel chair.
The NAB is our small trip boat which can also be used to teach sailors to drive a power boat.
Jano is a specially adapted RIB with an adjustable supportive seat which provides sailors with any type of disability the opportunity to learn to drive a power boat and gain recognised RYA qualifications.