A Plan for the Future

Pilar at a boat show
The Shannon River Foundation sign at a boat show
A person with a disability standing in the cockpit of Pilar
 Pilar's Contribution After the initial startup costs, the SRMHF has a self-sustaining business model that will allow it to expand the program regionally. When SRMHF's flagship boat Pilar is not being used to take veterans and the disabled out on the water fishing, ticket sales for public harbor tours and charter fishing excursions will be a source of funds dedicated to the Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation. Adaptive Boats Our mission is to procure and convert boats for accessibility to provide to other regional organizations whose mission and scope aligns with that of the SRMHF. Appropriate power boats from 28' to 50' can easily be converted to adaptive power boats with the right pre-engineered equipment installed for persons with limited mobility. Some of the features that can be incorporated into a conversion boat are: Easy boarding with a slide out ramps • Bow and stern thrusters for maneuvering and docking • Wide passageways and head access • Proprietary “convertible lift steps” Education and more ﷯It has been documented that recreational activities help to lessen depression and other conditions that individuals who have a disability are prone to experience. While the actual time aboard an adaptive boat is an important part of the SRMHF program, it is limited by season and favorable weather conditions. The goal of SRMHF is to make the boating sport a full time interest and diversion from the struggle with physical and emotional challenges they are faced with in their daily lives. SRMHF will offer shore side boating education for participating persons to expand their interest and involvement in the sport. Courses in sailing and/or fishing techniques, boating safety, boating design heritage and more by qualified instructors will be provided Online or in DVDs. Our goal is to make the program fun, educational and enjoyable to all involved. A small Sample of the topics that will be included in the SRMHF courses: SAILING The aerodynamics of sails and how they work Sailboat hull shape: the different shapes and why Joshua Slocum’s Spray and his book Sailing Alone Around the World Suggested reading lists Different keel shapes and why Weather conditions and forecasts Navigation with charts, celestial and GPS FISHING Different rods and tackle and why Geographical fishing grounds Water temperature and other aspects Bait issues from lures, flies and other bait Suggested reading lists on different types of fishing Seasonal effects on various fishing waters SRMHF will also create and maintain an interactive SRMHF website that stimulates and promotes shore side activity along with forums and chat rooms where people can directly communicate and participate in discussions on topics concerning sailing or fishing with other people of similar interest throughout the country.

Specially Designed Equipment

SRMHF BOATING CHAIR

 

Many of the problems for those with impaired mobility have to do with just getting to a boat, as well as boarding and moving around a boat. Many marinas and boatyards have rough, uneven ground in parking areas, steep ramps for tidal conditions, fixed docks with small steps and other conventional wheelchair obstacles. The SRMHF Boating Chair has soft gripping pneumatic wheels which can be manually driven or battery power assisted with joystick controlled dual driving/steering motors and individual handbrake steering for steep inclines. Other features include an ergonomically designed seat and back, spring suspension, LED  headlights, shoulder/lap seatbelt, a center seat drop panel for backing over a toilet/head and other unique features. There has never been a wheelchair available like the SRMHF Boating Chair for those that want to enjoy the freedom of a boating, sailing and fishing lifestyle.

 

A specially engineered wheelchair by Shannon River Foundation for boarding and moving on around a boat