Owning your own boat is not necessary. Most, if not all, learn to sail programs have their own boats. Many regattas also have their own boats that sailors can either use free of charge or charter.
Access Dinghys: Come in a variety of models/designs and colors. Easily adapted to a wide variety of disabilities by utilizing a joystick steering system and sling seat. The servo joystick can be controlled by hand, foot, chin or any moving body part. The centerboard is heavily ballasted with lead and fill with water once they are dropped, making the boats virtually uncapsizable.
Martin 16s: Widely-used in adaptive sailing programs because they are unsinkable. The Martin 16 is a two-person, 16-foot, high-performance sailboat. With the addition of the latest in computer technology and adaptations, the Martin 16 can readily accommodate racing sailors with severe and significant disabilities.
Freedom 20s: Designed for accessibility, the freeboard is low and side decks are uncluttered to facilitate getting aboard. The cockpit is equipped with two pivoting seats for helmsmen and crew person. The specially-designed seats are counterweighted beneath the cockpit. Two wheelchairs may be accommodated in the cabin and there is adequate room for sails and gear. Added stability due to the ballast ration and vertical center of gravity. The jib is self-tending.
Ideal 18: This keelboat is easily raced or day sailed by one, two or more persons. Appealing to modern sailors, the new design is easy to maintain, simple to rig and sail, trailerable, and good-looking. It’s also maneuverable and fast. Seats, seat backs, cockpit floor and splash-rail are built into the deck mold. By using equipment and sail handling techniques tested and popularized during the past ten years, Ideal 18 performs well with “no muss, no fuss.” The Ideal 18 can be fitted with special adaptations to suit each sailor’s specific needs.
Flying Scot: The Flying Scot is noted for ease of handling and durability, and has been a popular choice of individual owners, sailing schools, and rental operators since its introduction. Stable, unsinkable and needs less than a foot of water. The wide-beamed Flying Scot has been used in adaptive sailing programs with simple adaptations to accommodate a wide range of disabilities.
SKUD-18m: High-performance Paralympic-class boat, the SKUD 18 can be handled in a variety of crew configurations. The helmsman can transfer manually and be steering with tillers, or be in a fixed seat on the centerline using a manual joystick, push/pull rods, or a servo assist joystick with full control of all functions. The forward crew can either be on the centerline, transferring manually, or using a swinging seat. Can be sailed by all levels of physical ability.
Sonars: A high performance keelboat that is exciting to race, but easy to handle by all strengths and skill levels. The 23-foot keelboat has a spacious cockpit, a large sail area and an inboard tiller. The high boom, angled back bench seats and high coamings (frames to keep out water) make this boat ideal for accessible sailing and a favorite among day sailors. Since the 1996 Paralympic Games, where sailing was a demonstration event, the Sonar has been the equipment for a three-person keelboat in every Paralympics since.
2.4mR: A single-handed dinghy that is suitable for those with quadriplegia to fully able-bodied individuals. A fast, high-performance boat. All the control lines are led under the deck to a console directly in front of the skipper. The 2.4mR is ideal for adaptive sailing since the sailor does not need to move about the boat. All controls are adjustable from a dashboard that is right in front of the sailor. Utilizes a hand tiller for steering ease, and/or foot pedal steering for those who prefer it. Used in Paralympic Games since 2000.