All Aboard: Development of Portable Watercraft Transfer Technology to Increase Access to Boating for People with Disabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-15480
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00349
Amount: $79,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
540 Fairview Ave. N., Ste. 207, St. Paul, MN, 55104
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dianne Goodwin
 President/Director of R&D
 (651) 603-0828
Business Contact
 Dianne Goodwin
Title: President/Director of R&D
Phone: (651) 603-0828
Research Institution
Portable, accessible and affordable watercraft transfer technology will be developed so individuals with mobility impairments can more safely and easily go boating and fishing. Without transfer technology, it takes a minimum of two people to transfer someone into a boat, at considerable risk to both the person being transferred and the people lifting them. The transfer mechanism's universal design will not only improve access to boating for people with disabilities, but also for aging boaters and those with lifting restrictions. It will also make it easier to place children or heavy objects such as gas tanks, motors or coolers onto boats. A portable device will provide people with increased choices and flexibility as to where they boat. People with disabilities and their families will benefit from equipment making it easier boat, and the rural economy will benefit from increased boating revenue. The technology may be used by recreation programs to increase their accessibilty and may also be used in employment situations. The primary commercial application is a portable watercraft transfer mechanism. Variations may include a shore-based transfer mechanism and permanent mounting options for docks or boats. There may be other applications such as transferring onto rides at an amusement park or into larger vehicles.

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