Bird Dog Boats would like to thank the following people who made our program possible.  

Capt. Bobby Witt, Scale Key Clams, Cedar Key, FL - envisioned Bird Dog Boats
Robert, Rick & James Coarsey, Coarsey Fiberglass, Chiefland, FL - engineered & built Bird Dog Boats

Troy Wilson, Marine Metals, Williston, FL - gave Bird Dog Boats its visual identity
David Jones, SportsAbility Alliance,  Tallahassee, FL - inspired Bird Dog Boats
Matt Chatowsky, Cedar Key, FL - brought Bird Dog Boats to life
Dr. Michael Allen, Director, University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station, Cedar Key, FL and 
Capt. Kenneth McCain, Marine Operations Manager University of Florida, Nature Coast Biological Station Cedar Key, FL
for being our partner and building an accessible docking operation in Cedar Key, FL
Mike Sechrest of Warner, Sechrest and Butts, P.A. - for their pro bono package for liability releases. 

Gallagher Charter Lakes - for writing a comprehensive liability insurance policy for people using wheelchairs
Sharon C. Brannan CPA PA, Williston, FL - for her pro bono nonprofit company filing and CPA services.

Accessible Embarking Operations

Bird Dog Boats endeavors a safe voyage. That is our number one priority.  Safety starts with tried and proven embarking operations for manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs.  Also, we want to understand your day plan, before and after boarding to ensure all your requirements are met.  Once on board, all operations are made with a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain at the helm, backed with full charter liability insurance.  Good communications with guests leading up to the day of charter will ensure a safe and enjoyable day.

Adaptive Boating in Florida

Bird Dog Boats of Florida, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 company that offers a wide variety of adaptive boating venues in central Florida.  During our past three years of operations, we have established many protocols and methodologies that allow us to serve our nonprofit mission and bring boating to many people using wheelchairs who otherwise could not enjoy boating in Florida.  We hope you enjoy boating with Bird Dog Boats.  Our operating venues include rivers, lakes, springs, and the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of Florida.  To see our venues, pricing, dates available and request bookings, please visit VENUES on this web site. 

Lake Tarpon
Tarpon Srpings, Florida
March 18, 2020

Accessible Helm Operations

Ready to roll up and take the helm?  Bird Dog Boats offers this unique experience for both manual and power wheelchair users.  You will take the helm alongside the operating captain.  Throttle up and feel your outboard cutting through the water as you navigate your course.  Great job!  Now it's time to take a pic of our new  captain at the helm.