Wheelyboats are located throughout the UK and Eire. Please see our locations page for a full list.
Wheelyboats are used for a variety of activities depending on the venue. Some are fishing only while others are for pleasure boating, nature watching, etc as well. Please refer to the locations list which shows the activities for each boat.
No. Our role is to help venues acquire them for their disabled visitors or groups and organisations acquire them for their own use. The boats supplied are operated by the venues or groups themselves.
In the main, no. Wheelyboats are self-operated and easy to use. Venues should give novice users a tutorial on how to operate the boat and engine before the boat is taken out. Some fisheries will put a disabled angler who would like a companion in touch with another angler who is happy to offer his services as boat partner.
Generally, no. Wheelyboat decks are non-slip and wheelchair brakes are normally sufficient to hold the wheelchair in place. However, in case rougher conditions are encountered, the Mk IV is supplied with wheelchair tracking installed and Coulam 15 and 16 Wheelyboats have D rings fitted to the deck. The Mk IV can also be supplied with individual handholds for more independent disabled users who prefer not to have their wheelchairs strapped down. On the Mk III and earlier models, for additional security and comfort, wheelchairs should be positioned next to the handrail. For more independent disabled users in rougher conditions, a gunwale pole can be used to provide additional hand holds or a self-strapping point. All Wheelyboats are built to meet the particular requirements of their users – for example higher or adjustable handrails can be fitted.
This is dependant on the policy of the Wheelyboat venue. However, the Wheelyboat has been designed to accommodate the needs of disabled people and be driven from a wheelchair. The Trust's policy therefore, is that there should be no reason why a disabled person should not take the Wheelyboat out alone as long as all the safety precautions have been met and the Wheelyboat owner or operator is satisfied that the disabled person is competent and confident at the helm.
Generally by the day, especially on fisheries. However, where they are available for general boating they are hired by the half-day.
The Wheelyboat venue determines the price. Some are free (e.g. they come with the cost of the fishing permit) while others make a charge of £20 for half a day. Ideally, the Trust would prefer there to be no charge for the hire of the Wheelyboat. However, it realises that operating a Wheelyboat incurs running costs (e.g. fuel, insurance, maintenance) and therefore does request that the rate of any hire charge is set to cover no more than these costs, particularly where provision of the Wheelyboat generates other revenue such as the sale of fishing permits. It also asks venues to take into account other considerations such as when the Wheelyboat has been subsidised, the lack of alternative access on or around the water for disabled people and the fewer financial resources disabled people generally have at their disposal. Some venues make a donation to the Trust each time their boat is used.
If you know of a potentially suitable venue for a Wheelyboat, contact us with the details and we will do our best to encourage the venue to acquire one. It will be helpful if you approach the venue yourself and broach the subject as they may not be aware of the need and demand for accessible boats on their water.
If the Wheelyboat will be made available for the general public to use, we will be able to help with the cost but how much will depend on a number of factors including your own resources. Wheelyboats are not given away and the Trust expects venues to make some financial commitment to the project. You may have your own contacts who could help with funding or you may be able to organise fundraising events. Please contact us for more information.
Yes we can. We can work together to raise funds to cover the costs.
V20, Mk I, II, III and IV Wheelyboats are best boarded from a slipway with ideally at least 2' of water at the stern of the boat when the bow is grounded (to save the effort of lifting the outboard). Coulam 16 Wheelyboats are best boarded from a pontoon which therefore needs to be accessible. In all cases, parking needs to be level and close by, loos and buildings need to be wheelchair accessible.
We are happy to sell Wheelyboats privately. You would be eligible for VAT relief on the purchase of the boat.
Yes, all Wheelyboat models can be supplied with their own trailer.
V20, Mk III and Mk IV Wheelyboats comply with Recreational Craft Directive category C which means they can be used on inshore waters in winds up to force 6 and wave heights up to 2 metres. However, these are pretty nasty conditions and most sensible people will have been heading for shelter long before they reached this extreme. Wheelyboats are safe to use on all inland waters in the UK, harbours and estuaries as long as all the recommended safety procedures are complied with. The Owner's Manual supplied with each Wheelyboat provides comprehensive safety recommendations. For inshore use, the V20 and Mk IV are the most suitable models.
Many of the fisheries with Wheelyboats offer qualified tuition for beginners. Contact your nearest for more information. Most Wheelyboats are at trout fisheries where fly fishing is the principal method. For coarse fishing, visit www.bdaa.co.uk for information on how to start and your nearest accessible venue.
The Wheelyboat Trust relies on donations from its supporters to develop and purchase new craft. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including online. Click here to make a donation.