Many of our sailors are able to get in and out of the boat with minimal assistance. However, if this is not possible, sailors can be transferred using a sling and hoist.
DSAO would like to obtain battery powered lifts at $3000 each.
A sling is placed under the person, the straps attached to a battery-powered lift which raises the person out of the wheelchair. The lift is attached to a pivoting davit which allows us to move the sailor above the seat in the boat and safely lower him or her into position. The same procedure is done in reverse for getting back into the wheelchair. This is a very safe transfer method which requires no manual lifting.
This type of lift is compact, safe and much more comfortable for the disabled sailors. Obtaining this type of lift enabled DSAO to be able to offer sailing for more disabled members of the community and furthers the goal of more accessibility to the sport of sailing.
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