Deck Boat Project

Deck Boat Project 2016-12-03T16:08:04+00:00

 

FWF Deck Boat - Thank you Dockwise Yacht Management for re-fitting this boat to make it fully accessible for FWF participants

FWF Deck Boat – Thank you Dockwise Yacht Management for re-fitting this boat to make it fully accessible for FWF participants

Thanks to much sweat equity, willing volunteers and generous donors, Freedom Waters Foundation will soon be able to take participants for boat rides on its wheelchair-accessible deck boat in Fort Lauderdale.

Mary Jane Noon of Luke Brown Yachts and her father, Tom Barrows, started it all when they donated a boat to Freedom Waters in 2012. After the FWF Board agreed to refit the boat to provide a much-needed wheelchair-accessible vessel for FWF participants in Fort Lauderdale, work began in earnest.

Making progress in Accessibility: William Wheeler, FWF volunteer, is working on the deck boat which was donated by one of our volunteers to be made accessible for wheelchairs.  William  is deaf with a background that would be hard to beat.  Built his own boats, retired from Eastern Airlines as a sheet metal mechanic, had his own construction company in NY, moved to Florida and built his own home from the ground up. He has now taken a lead role in getting the FWF deck boat finished.  Also,  Dave Pigoni, owner of Custom Pipe Design  & his crew have pledged to donate their time & expertise to the foundation.  Custom Pipe Design will be the company who fabricates and builds the aluminum components for the deck boat.   The FWF Deck Boat project is also featured in an article in Southern Boating August 2013 - "People Helping People!"  Thank you all! GREAT PROGRESS!

Making progress in Accessibility: William Wheeler, FWF volunteer, is working on the deck boat which was donated by one of our volunteers, in 2012, to be made accessible for wheelchairs, so that people of all abilities can enjoy the on the water experience!

Recently William Wheeler, a volunteer, has kicked the project into high gear. Being deaf himself, he understands the challenges of copping with disabilities and he has a wealth of experience. A retired Eastern Airlines sheet metal mechanic, he has built his own boats and had a construction company in New York before moving to Florida where he built his own home.

When finished the FWF Deck Boat will be docked behind Luke Brown Yachts whose president, Andrew Cilla, is also president of Freedom Waters Foundation.

Sponsors and donors for this Deck Boat Project include:

  • Peterson Fuel, the biggest contributor to the project, earmarking $19,500 to the project for 3 years.
  • Dockside Yacht Management and Service
  • Port Supply
  • Custom Pipe Design – donating their time and expertise to fabricate and build the aluminum components of the Deck Boat