Our focus is to (1) provide the appropriate mid-size boats that have accessible lavatory and ease-of-boarding features for extended fishing and/or day trips for affiliate clubs and (2) create an organization to open up the world of water recreation to all those with disabilities nationwide. Our powerboats and sailboats will incorporate specially engineered equipment to meet the needs of persons with disabilities who are totally precluded from this therapeutic and curative sport:
• Easy, safe dockside boarding ramp
• Flush one-level cockpit for wheelchair and limited mobility activity
• Accessible helm station
• power lift platform to access lavatory and galley
• Fully accessible lavatory and wide passageways
The photos above show "Pilar's" motorized wheelchair lift to the cabin and head below, the flush one-level cockpit for people with mobility issues, the motorized lift, the ease of boarding for wheelchair users and fun days fishing for the Paralyzed Veterans of America in Miami.
For the past four years, SRMHF's restored replica of "Pilar", Ernest Hemingway's 38' sportfishing boat, "Spirit of Pilar" headed south for the winter to Florida to join Shake-A-Leg Miami's adaptive watersports community. While berthed in Miami, "Pilar" promoted public awareness to the shortfall in therapeutic recreational boating for veterans and others with disabilities. "Pilar" offered scheduled fishing and boating excursions free to our wounded heroes under the management of Shake-A-Leg Miami, and opportunities for all those with physical or mental challenges.
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Ernest Hemingway fishing aboard Pilar