Sailability Wellington has always on the lookout for suitable yachts, equipment and facilities that will assist our sailors with disabilities and our support crew.
This has included a number of projects, including:
- The construction of a multilevel ramp and jetty as a clip-on to the wharf at Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club.
- Containers fitted out for storage of up to 6 Hansa 303’s which can be easily transported, designed by Richard Grocott with help from others.
- Stacking frames for our Hansa 303 yachts, a concept of trustee, Michael Harrison.
- Alloy Centreboard trolleys with pneumatic wheels designed by Steve Wade.
- The development of an expended jetty with ramp and floating pontoons to serve our members from the Porirua district.
For the last five and a half years, we have been fortunate to be able to lease a sizeable workshop at Seaview marina with the kind help of Hutt City Council and Pelorus Trust. In this workshop, we repair and refurbish our yachts and produce all our supporting equipment.
It’s known as the Mariners’ Shed
Our workshop Is inclusive and welcomes volunteers (female and male) willing to follow core safety standards. Our maintenance crew also includes some of our sailors and volunteers. Other helpers come from the Wellington Woodworkers Guild and Naenae Men's Shed. There are lots of different jobs to do - you don't need experience or a knowledge of boats. Just enthusiasm, some common sense, and a willingness to drink some coffee and chat about boats!