Our SPECIAL NEEDS CONFIGURATION BOAT holds a USA patent and is designed with the engine well in front of the helm so that a person in a wheelchair can roll on to the back of the boat and up to the helm.
All operational aspects of the boat are accessible including the electronics, fueling, anchor and engine well.
Narrated by Thomas Griffin, Director
We would like thank the following people who made the Bird Dog Boats program possible:
Capt. Bobby Witt, Scale Key Clam, Cedar Key, FL
Robert & Rick Coarsey, Coarsey Fiberglass, Chiefland, FL
Troy Wilson, Marine Metals, Williston, FL
David Jones, Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, Tallahassee, FL
"Helping people is truly a blessing and helping people to help
people is the way to change the world." …David Jones
Matt Chatowsky, Cedar Key, FL
"A picture is worth a thousand words, but a boat ride is worth
a thousand pictures" ... Matt Chatowshy
Carl Turk of Turk Intellectual Property Law for his pro bono package for the patent on this boat.
Mike Sechrest of Warner, Sechrest and Butts, P.A. for his pro bono package for liability releases.
Gallagher Charter Lakes for writing a comprehensive liability insurance policy that includes people with disabilities.