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Hi all,
I have been searching for self drive sleep on regular hire boats suitable for disabled people. Predominantly aids for getting on and off the boat. I have looked on the forum for previous posts on this subject but the latest one I read was 2007 and at that time there seemed to be no suitable boats available.
I have managed to find one class of boat with wheel chair access on the Barnes Brinkcraft web site “Braemore Class”. It is single floor level throughout and has Wheelchair access via a stern ramp.
If anyone knows of any other boats with wheelchair access or some sort of boarding aid could they please let me know and I will add the information to my web site under boating tips/choosing a boat.
I feel this is a very important subject as I’m sure there are many less mobile people who would dearly love to be able to have a boating holiday on The broads and some that may  have enjoyed boating holidays in the past but can no longer due to loss of mobility.
Thanks in anticipation.


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Alan, I am not a hirer so my perspectives will vary. I'm not quite ready for a knee replacement but it's not that far away! The reality is being forced upon me, I am not as able as I was even two years ago, frightening! It is bringing it on home that I am not as able as I would like to be and the realities of Broads boating are that I shall have problems. It's not so much the boat, it's the bank access. There are so few places that are suited to folk in wheel chairs. Oulton Broad Yacht Station is okay for a boat fitted with a chair lift, or able helpers. It is straight onto a concrete surface, but that is relatively rare. Yarmouth is fine, if the tide is right but it a nightmare if it isn't. Find a boat, well, you've done that, now plan a route, I don't think that that will be so easy.

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I know King Line Cottages at Horning have a day boat that is suitable for wheelchair users - indeed their chalets all are accessible to various degrees for people with wheelchairs to just the less able.







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It might be worth contacting the Nancy Old field trust.  

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Jenny Morgan, London Rascal hi,
Thanks or your responses.  JM, Sorry to hear your mobility is not as good as one would wish. A valid point about banks/moorings.Maybe forum members could also advise of suitable moorings.  In the future I could add a column to my moorings chart listing suitable moorings for wheelchair users.
LR, I have raised this subject as I have been asked the question by someone who wishes to hire a boat and one of the party is not totaly wheel chair bound but very unsteady on her feet and nervous of boardng a boat unaided.  She is too frail to be carried.
I understand that their are no hire boats designed for a wheelchair user on board but I take your point and will add that to the info on my site.
Cocklegat, Thanks for that.  I will add a link to their cruising page.

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Hi
Kingline have not had the day boats for a while now. They are now operated by Ferry Marina.

Broads Tours also have a day boat with a wheelchair lift.

Andrew

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how about this for an offer....

ask the" nancey old field  trust" great people

stay with them or cruise on there wheel chair  access boats for the day ,they take yuo sailing aswell,bird watch with there informative staff..

go fishing with ther resident expert..

what a team give them a try such nice people...

they have years of experience to help and advise

rite thats the add out orf the way ...!!!!

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Hi all,
Thanks for all your responses.
The person seeking information on hiring a boat with wheelchair access has now booked Brinks Braemore for a week in april.  I will add their experience to this topic on their return.  I have added a link to Nancy Old field trust for those less mobile interested in day trips.
Thanks again.

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Alan...
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