Y-Knot has a fleet of six Martin 16s. With a deep ballasted keel and simple control systems, the Martin 16 is a safe daysailer for sailors of all abilities. A second seat accommodates an instructor or passenger. And two of our four M16s are equipped with an asymmetrical spinnaker. As a sport and recreation, sailing allows sailors with disabilities to sail without compromise, alongside able-bodied sailors. From its inception, the Martin 16 was designed to be accessible to sailors with mobility impairments — without specialized adaptations. Stability, adjustable seating and simplified control systems make the Martin 16 accessible to most physically challenged sailors. The Martin 16 Power-Assist System provides modular, power-assisted steering, sail-sheeting and bilge-pumping. The Martin 16’s 330 lb. (150 kg.) bulb keel provides exceptional stability.
The Sonar is our newest addition to the fleet, a 23-foot keelboat with a large open cockpit and secure seating for helmsman or crew. We’ll use this boat in Y-Knot’s “Learn to Sail” classes, and since the Sonar is a Paralympic class boat, we’ll be exploring modifications to the boat to accommodate our disabled sailors.
“No Limit” is a 20-foot sloop specifically designed to accommodate sailors with a broad range of disabilities. The boat features counterweighted seats to enable sailors to pivot between opposite sides of the boat, as well as a motorized autohelm that can be controlled with a joystick.
The Rainbow is a 24-foot daysailor with a large open cockpit and secure seating for helmsman or crew. This is the boat used in Y-Knot’s “Learn to Sail” classes. The YMCA has eight Rainbows, but typically has four or five in operation at any time throughout the season.