Versatile Mk III Wheelyboat takes up to six wheelchair users
The first brand new Mk III Wheelyboat on UK waters was launched at Chew Valley Lake near Bristol last week. The Mk III is the Trust’s most versatile Wheelyboat to date and at 17ft long and 6ft 6in wide (5.3m x 2m) it can carry up to six passengers and equipment, including wheelchairs. With a 30hp outboard pushing it along, it will provide some exhilarating sport for the more adventurous on both inshore and inland waters. However, it is equally at home with the more leisurely pastimes of angling, pleasure boating and nature watching.
Like its two predecessors, the Mk III Wheelyboat has been designed to be operated by disabled people themselves – it has a bow door for easy access on and off and its level deck throughout provides access to all corners of the boat, including the helm. The boat is extremely stable even in rougher conditions. It can be powered by a tiller or remote controlled outboard, petrol or electric. Seating is simple and adaptable.
The Mk III Wheelyboat at Chew Valley Lake can be booked for trout fishing on 01275 332339, while enquiries about the Tweed Wheelyboat should be made to 01896 848271.
For more information and pictures contact Andy Beadsley (details below).
The Wheelyboat Trust is a registered charity that promotes and provides its wheelchair accessible boats to public waters all over the UK. The Trust has now supplied its 115th Wheelyboat since it began work in 1985. The Trust does much more than simply provide Wheelyboats. It is involved in a range of activities that promote disabled people’s entitlement to equal access to waterborne activities. It raises awareness of the difficulties faced by disabled people getting access to lakes, reservoirs and other areas of water; it advises fishery managers and others on access issues; it has instituted the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award to promote the cause of disability angling; it has a comprehensive website and helps prospective venues and local groups raise their own funds to help them acquire Wheelyboats and other facilities for disabled people.
The Wheelyboat Trust (reg charity no 292216) - Andy Beadsley, Director
North Lodge, Burton Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0JT
01798 342222, 07860 650023