Motorboat adapted for skipper with extensive disabilities

Adapted motorboat that can be steered by people who use an electric wheelchair and have impaired hand function

Fred 25 motorboat Photo: Katharina Ratzka
Fred 25 motorboat Photo: Katharina Ratzka

The Fred 25 powerboat, see also “Accessible motorboat”, spinalistips.se/en/tip-accessible-motorboat adapted for people with high spinal cord injury.
The Fred 25 is an aluminum motorboat developed to suit everyone. It is 7.50 meters long and the deck is completely level. The boat is extremely stable sideways and has a bow thruster. The boat is equipped with a wide folding ramp at the bow (see photos below), as well as anchoring points for attaching wheelchairs with straps (see photo far below).

The boat differs from a standard Fred because it has the joystick control, autopilot and navigator, see related tip, and a cabin in plexiglas that protects from rain and cold. The bow ramp is slightly extended to allow it to be less steep when boarding or deboarding. The boat is also equipped with an aft cover and pull-out sofa for overnight trips.

Made by
Hanterbara Båtar AB, hanterbarabatar.se (in Swedish), last checked Maj 2020).

Purchased from
Hanterbara Båtar AB, hanterbarabatar.se (in Swedish), last checked Maj 2020).

Paid for by
The user

This tip is from 2012

User steers boat with joystick control
User steers boat with joystick control
Extended bow ramp folded down Photo: Katharina Ratzka
Extended bow ramp folded down Photo: Katharina Ratzka
Extended bow ramp folded down Photo Katharina Ratzka
Extended bow ramp folded down Photo Katharina Ratzka
Attachment point for wheelchair. Photo: Katharina Ratzka
Attachment point for wheelchair. Photo: Katharina Ratzka

Related tips

Joystick steering and navigation of adapted motorboat
Joystick steering and navigation of adapted motorboat
- suitable for wheelchair users with impaired hand function.
Life jacket
Life jacket
A life jacket that automatically inflates when it lands in the water and does not limit mobility - suitable for persons who operate a wheelchair.

Tipsare: Erik

Erik lives together with his wife and his child in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1996 and has a high tetraplegia (C4-5). He has personal assistance 21 hours a day.