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    The R-30 Day Sailor, a new concept in enabling wheel chair bound sailor!

    This boat is designed for able-bodied people as well as people on wheelchair, without distinction. It has sleek lines and a conduction system responsive as on a racing boat, offering a comfortable and relaxing commanding position.
    The overall aesthetics is characterized by the great steering wheel without rays and a mobile platform that enables the inclination of wheelchair when the boat is inclinated.

    The aim of this project was to conceive right away a boat without barriers and not to adapt it afterwards for people on wheelchair.
    The steering wheel, unlike other existing systems on boats for disabled persons, allows handicapped as well as able-bodied to command in any position, ensuring a classical sensibility on the steering wheel.

    The particular problem with the body to accommodate the movement of the boat in roll, is solved with a platform rocker to give the necessary inclination to the wheelchair. This is controlled by a piston with a control unit and by a gyroscope installed on the mast. In navigation, the platform stays on the average inclination, and the body absorbs the extra inclination so that you still feel the movement of the boat. In steering condition, the platform is controlled automatically by the gyroscope that spins on other side until it locks in the new average position of inclination.


    Loa = 9.50 m
    B max = 2.50 m
    Draft = 2.20 - 1.60 m (lifting keel)
    Disp = 2.3 t
    Ballast= 700 kg
    Main sail = 30.2 m2
    Self taking jib = 20.3 m2
    Code race 0 = 48 m2
    Gennaker = 78 m2

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  • #2
    Very creative. Would be a little concerned with the wheel chair rolling out the back.


    • #3
      The whole steering concept makes great sense, using friction of a large wheel to turn a smaller wheel to turn the rudder.

      I give it it my stamp:

      *Carl Spackler Approved*