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The Access dinghies virtually cannot sink because of built-in buoyancy, or tip over because of their removable 35kg centre-boards. We always have an experienced sailor in each boat with our guest sailors, and everyone wears an approved buoyancy vest. Because these sailing boats are specifically built for sailors with disabilities, the controls are located immediately in front of the sailor and are operated from a seated position.

And we have our safety boat, Charlie's Chariot, out on the water whenever our little sailing boats are out there.

We recommend that our sailors wear a hat that won't blow away, sunglasses against reflected glare, and bring a bottle of water too.


Sailors, whether volunteers or passengers, who are physically disabled in some way, or who find it difficult to clamber into the sailing dinghies, are positioned in a special sling and winched into or out of the boat. We operate from a purpose-built floating pontoon with rampway to the Manly Yacht Club jetty.

Photograph of a member being lowered back into his wheelchair after being hoisted out of the Access 3O3, illustrating how to use the hoist