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JQD (Wheely Boat)

The John Q Davis RM is a Sea Rover 21 Wheelyboat belonging to the Wheelyboat Trust ( which is operated as a partnership between the WBT, Army Welfare Services and Thorney Island Sailing Club.

A maximum of 11 ambulant passengers can be carried each trip, or a total of 4 manual wheelchairs users, and 4 ambulant people or variations on this. Electric wheelchairs count as two manual wheelchairs. Mobility scooters cannot be taken on board.

If you wish to book the JQD Wheelyboat, please telephone or e-mail: to check availability.

Then please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page, having first read the information and guidelines below.

[NB: Please see the Guidelines which contain instructions regarding adults with special needs and /or children].


1. The skipper's role and that of his/her assistant is to drive the boat and to ensure the welfare of passengers through the safe operation of the vessel. Consequently neither is able to attend to the personal needs of passengers other than when passengers come aboard and disembark and, prior to the start of any journey, to ensure that wheelchairs are properly secured and that those within them are comfortably and safely seated.

2. Passengers under 18yrs, must be accompanied by one (or more) adults who will take full responsibility for any minors on the trip, in the appropriate ratio of adult to child (depending on age).

3. Unaccompanied adult passengers must be able to take care of themselves without assistance for the duration of the trip.

4. If it is likely that a person will require assistance, or that a special need could arise, during the trip, that person MUST be accompanied by a carer.

5. The skipper and assistant are not qualified to look after children or disabled persons and should it become apparent that someone on board needs personal attention which would take the skipper or assistant away from their duty of navigating the vessel safely, they will return the passenger to base.

6. Pre-conditions (eg heart conditions, epilepsy, asthma, allergies, diabetes etc) MUST be declared when booking and inhalers, epipen, GTN spray etc carried at all times.

7. The skipper's decision is final on all matters regarding the operation of the boat (please see below re weather).

Specific advice will be sought as necessary- from carers and/or organizations requesting a trip well in advance of planned activities to ensure that there are adequate and appropriately qualified resources (both human and material)on board for the planned trip.

Weather on the day of the trip the trip will not take place if the weather is such that it would be an unpleasant experience for the passengers. Notification of a cancellation will be as soon as it is certain that weather will be inclement. Occasionally the weather forecasters do not get it right and this may mean an occasional 'last minute' cancellation. The skipper's decision on whether or not to take a boat out is final.


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