New Wheelyboat on show at Seawork

The new Wheelyboat Coulam V17 Photo: Wheelyboat Trust The new Wheelyboat Coulam V17 Photo: Wheelyboat Trust

The Wheelyboat Trust has shown its latest design of wheelchair-accessible vessel at this year's Seawork International exhibition.

The Coulam Wheelyboat V17 is the Trust’s most versatile Wheelyboat to date, suitable for a range of boating from canals to powerboating on inshore waters. The first V17 will be going to Wareham Boat Hire where it will provide disabled people with pleasure boating trips, powerboat training and RYA Powerability.

Boating is for everyone

Matt Jones, director of Wareham Boat Hire, said the company welcomed the official handover of the V17 at Seawork. "The V17 will enable us to expand our activities for our disabled clients into powerboating and powerboat training downstream in Poole Harbour," he said.

"We have registered as an RYA Training Centre specifically to operate the V17 and will also be running RYA Powerability courses. Every day we see the pleasure that boating provides and are determined that everybody should be taking part irrespective of disability."

Unique bow loading

The V17 is 5.3m long and the only GRP bow loading boat of this size. It seats up to eight and reaches speeds up to 30mph using a Suzuki DF60ATL outboard motor. Like all Wheelyboats it can be driven from a wheelchair and is available in remote or tiller steered versions.

The new model is based on the larger 6.2m Coulam Wheelyboat V20 developed by the trust with the Peterborough-based boatbuilder in 2014. It replaces the aluminium Mk III Wheelyboat, production of which ceased last year.

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