Our Wheelyboat was launched on the 12th of April. This is the first fully accessible powerboat at the centre and the roll-on, roll-off access of the boat allows seating for up to 10 adults including 6 wheelchair users! It offers flexible seating, an open level deck and a watertight bow door that lowers to form a solid ramp for easy and safe Wheelchair friendly access.

The Coulam V20 Wheelyboat has been named 'Sir Bert Massie' after the renowned disability rights campaigner and long standing trustee of Local Solutions. The Wheelyboat was developed by The Wheelyboat Trust and J M Coulam Boatbuilders.

At Liverpool Watersports Centre we’re committed to extending our activities and provision, to make watersports accessible to everyone.  Having the Wheelyboat means we can offer so much more for people with disabilities, everything from pleasure boating, tours of the docks to gaining qualifications. 

 You can now come down to the Watersports Centre and try out the Wheelyboat for just £25 per hour for 2 people or £50 for up to 4 people per hour. For larger groups or RYA Courses, contact the centre.


The Wheelyboat was fundraised for in partnership with the Wheelyboat Trust and received support from a variety of sources including: 

  • Sports England
  • Support from Charitable Trusts and Foundations including the Lord Leverhulme Charitable Trust, Boshier Hinton Foundation, Brian Wilson Charitable Trust, Charles Brotherton Trust
  • Customers at the Liverpool Watersports Centre raising money and attending fundraising events
  • Wheelyboat Just Giving Campaign
  • Payroll giving from Local Solutions Staff

A huge thank you to everyone mentioned above and everyone else who was involved in making the Wheelyboat dream a reality. 

Our next fundraising campaign is for Onit Ability Boards which are specially adapted paddleboards for Wheelchair users that can be paddled independently or by a paddling partner. You can find more information about the Onit Ability Boards here



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