The Shannon River Marine Heritage Plan

Unlike other charitable boating programs that use small boats for sailors or pontoon boats for anglers with limited mobility, 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:


  • Stern power lift mechanism for easy, safe dockside boarding
  • Side door ramp for side boarding
  • Flush one-level cockpit for wheelchair and
  • Knees-under dashboard helm station
  • Accessible lavatory and wide passageways

The SRMHF Convertible Step/Lift Mechanism

The proprietary Shannon-designed access steps down to the cabin slide out of the way and convert to a lift platform when needed. This unique feature assists in carrying people, food, luggage, etc. on a discreet mechanical lift.

SRMHF Exclusive Power Lift Platform

Marina locations around the globe have very different dock-to-boat boarding methods which are addressed with Shannon's Power Lift Platform. The platform electrically raises and lowers to adjust to any level, whether the dock is fixed or floating. This feature can also be set up for side-to boarding.  A swing out ramp from the platform makes boarding safe and straightforward.


It was a beautiful October day in New England, perfect for a boat ride on Pilar. Everyone had a such a good  time!

Thanks to the generous donations of many, SRMHF has already commenced its work using the beautifully restored 2015 wood replica of Ernest Hemingway’s 1934 sport fishing boat Pilar, (video above) widely acclaimed as the most famous American sport fishing craft of all time.  Pilar has a unique layout with its wide side decks and spacious cockpit which has been modified with special provisions for safe wheelchair seating and includes a hydraulic lift for access to the cabin and head below. Pilar in Miami >

Ernest Hemingway fishing aboard Pilar

Ernest Hemingway fishing aboard Pilar