PHOTOS: Boat without barriers
Published on June 16th, 2015
PHOTOS: Boat without barriersPublished on June 16th, 2015
The R_30 daysailer is designed for able-bodied people as well as people in a wheelchair, without distinction. It has sleek lines and a conduction system responsive as on a racing boat, offering a comfortable and relaxing commanding position.
“R_30 is a project for a client that wanted to sail sitting in a wheelchair,” explained designer Alessandro Comuzzi. “At the moment the project is provisionally suspended but all the CNC pieces are already cut and stored, and ready to be assembled at De Cesari shipyard in Milano Marittima, Italy.”
The overall aesthetics is characterized by the great steering wheel without rays and a mobile platform that enables the inclination of wheelchair when the boat is inclinated.
The aim of this project was to conceive right away a boat without barriers and not to adapt it afterwards for people on wheelchair.
The steering wheel, unlike other existing systems on boats for disabled persons, allows handicapped as well as able-bodied to command in any position, ensuring a classical sensibility on the steering wheel.
The particular problem with the body to accommodate the movement of the boat in roll, is solved with a platform rocker to give the necessary inclination to the wheelchair. This is controlled by a piston with a control unit and by a gyroscope installed on the mast.
In navigation, the platform stays on the average inclination, and the body absorbs the extra inclination so that you still feel the movement of the boat. In steering condition, the platform is controlled automatically by the gyroscope that spins on other side until it locks in the new average position of inclination.
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Editor’s note: The text in this report, which was provided by the designer, has been revised based on feedback.