UK-based charity Wheelyboat Trust has provided a new wheelchair accessible boat for Randers Nature Centre, Denmark, in a bid to help impaired people with access to waterborne activities.
The new Coulam Wheelyboat V20, which will join four other Mk III Wheelyboats currently in service in Denmark, will allow visitors at Randers Nature Centre to explore the Gudenå Estuary river.
Denmark’s Randers Nature Centre has been using two Mk III Wheelyboats since 2012.
Powered by a 90hp motor, the new boat has been designed to operate on inland and inshore waters.
It can carry up to ten adults, including eight on inshore waters, and six wheelchair users.
Randers Nature Centre ranger Lars Maagaard said: “Having previous experience with the Mk III Wheelyboats, we decided to extend our fleet with the newest model, Coulam Wheelyboat V20 that will allow us take visitors further down the River Gudenå.
“The Mayor of Randers, Claus Omann Jensen attended our launch event when we christened the Coulam V20 by taking a group of disabled children from a local school on the river.”
With a fleet of 176 boats, Wheelyboat Trust mainly provides boats to several projects across the UK.
Offering services for more than 30 years, the trust has also provided eight boats for Ireland and five boats for Denmark, including the latest launch at Randers Naturcenter.
Wheelyboat Trust director Andy Beadsley said: “Although we are a small charity, we know that we can make a big difference in people’s lives.
“Every launch, whether in the UK or abroad, reminds us that our boats empower people with limited mobility to enjoy water based activities they could only dream about before.
“The unique design of our Wheelyboats allows disabled people to drive the boats themselves, so anyone can get on the water and have fun.”
The trust is also planning to provide its services to countries other than the UK.
Image: Coulham V20 Wheelyboat Lappedykkeren, launch at Randers Naturcentre. Photo: courtesy of Lars Maagaard 02.