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Old 22 September 2008, 13:15   #1
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Your recomendations?

Hi guys
What would your recomendations be for a RIB to take disabled passengers?
Possibly with wheelchair facilities.

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Old 22 September 2008, 14:00   #2
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Contact these guys who I believe already have similar experiences
http://boatability.co.uk/
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http://www.thefriendsofdolphin.co.uk/html/our_boat.html

Not a rib, but they've been operating for years
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thanks for that I'll have a look
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I asked the same questions some time ago. I found, from talking to people in wheels chairs that they generally preferred sitting on a bench seat with plenty of things to hold onto, as opposed to sitting in their chair in the RIB, although I guess it depends what sort of injury the person suffers from to a certain extent.
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Old 23 September 2008, 07:36   #6
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Hi guys
What would your recomendations be for a RIB to take disabled passengers?
Possibly with wheelchair facilities.
It's not a rib but how about one of these?

http://www.pionerboats.co.uk/59/Pioner-Multi


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At work we don't allow wheelchairs or pushchairs on our passenger launches or hire boats. Obviously its alot harder to recover somone strapped to a wheelchair or pram.

Its very rare where we come across somone who we can't help out of they're chair and onto the boat.

This is company policy, I don't think its MCA policy.

I think you'd need plenty of space to move around, for example between the console and tubes, and bucket stlye seats instead of jockeys so they feel more secure.

I don't like the idea of somone sat in a wheelchair which is strapped to the deck.
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It's not a rib but how about one of these?

http://www.pionerboats.co.uk/59/Pioner-Multi


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We have one of these we take wheelchair bound kids out on on the lake. It works very well and the kids and adults enjoy it greatly.

I have seen one on the sea, and they aren't the best in the rough stuff. You also have to be careful with the ramp, cos if its not tied up propperly, it'll end up under the boat! (Don't laugh, it happened to a borrowed boat!)
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Hi guys
What would your recomendations be for a RIB to take disabled passengers?
Possibly with wheelchair facilities.

If it's a Rib you want we would be happy to quote you for a Rib with the layout and seating that you think is best, but to be honest we have no experience in this field!
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there is plenty of info on this subject here

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ght=wheelchair

As a chair user myself, i am happy to answer any questions.

Generally speaking bench or bucket seats will accomodate most disabilities and leave the chair on the pontoon. Handholds are a big help too as is room to get the person into the seat.
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