Driving an Accessible Powerboat!


    It's a new week, which means it's time for a new adventure!

    You may be thinking... "Ross, what the hell are you doing now?!"

    I guess you could say I'm a man of the ocean!

    I was going to start off this post by making an inappropriate 'seaman' joke, but I think it's best we just move on...

    This week I was lucky enough to get the chance to drive an accessible powerboat from my wheelchair.

    I absolutely loved the whole experience from start to finish, as documented in my video below:

    Editing this video and watching all the footage back brought a real smile to my face.

    None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for 'Mylor Sailability' - the charitable arm of Mylor Sailing School.

    Upon my visit, I was so impressed with the disabled access on site. Never in a million years did I think I could ever access a powerboat so easily.

    Perfect for wheelchair users, the ramped facilities made life so much easier. Even though electric wheelchairs were allowed onboard, it is recommended that you use a manual chair to avoid any water damage.

    Thanks to my easyTravelseat, I was able to sit comfortably in my manual wheelchair whilst out at sea. With support from my parents, I was then able to transfer safely back into my electric wheelchair once we had finished.

    Luckily the weather was on our side and we had THE BEST time! For me, this experience was a real "pinch me moment".

    Just 24 hours prior, I was sat at my desk working the normal 9 to 5. I wish every day off could be like this!

    Although I found the steering quite tough at times due to my muscle weakness - I still managed to boss it. Who knew I had such a need for speed?!

    I've got so much respect for everyone at The Wheelyboat Trust for taking the time to adapt activities like this, in order to make the world a more inclusive place.

    For more information on how you can book a session (or make a donation online), please check out the below website: www.mylorsailingschool.co.uk

    Special thanks to Tracey Boyne for organising my trip, as well as Pete (aka Wiggy!) for showing me the ropes on the day!

    Disclaimer

    This post is in collaboration with Mylor Sailing School. This experience was gifted to me in return for an honest showcase. As always, my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.