Challenger trimaran buddy seat
A removeable “buddy seat” to allow an instructor to sit alongside someone with disability learning to sail a Challenger trimaran.
Remap were contacted by a local sailing enthusiast looking to setup a Sailability club in our area. A Challenger trimaran is a very stable sailing platform popular with sailors having a disability, and Peterborough Sailability had already loaned a Challenger to help establish the club. But the Challenger is a single seat craft and needs a removable buddy seat for an instructor to help people to learn to sail.
Peterborough Sailability had already created and refined and used buddy seats over a period of time and were kind enough to share their knowledge of how best to create a copy of their design for the loaned Challenger. Harrogate and Ripon Group engineer Antony Cole took the designs and replicated them, aquiring a spare plastic seat, and bringing in specialist aluminium welding skills of a colleague to help create the solution and keep it as light as possible. Metal supply was from local company and supporters of ours, Metals4U.
A Peterborough Sailability “buddy seat” in use, courtesy of Richard Johnson who provided us with the designs and advice.
This solution will help the local Sailability group to establish itself.