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raised of £50,000 target by 19 supporters

Weʼre raising £50,000 to Help save Knoticat Sailing for the disabled

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The Knoticat wheelchair-adapted yacht gives disabled people of all ages the opportunity to get out on the water around Poole Harbour and the neighbouring islands.

The boat has been in operation for the last 20 years, and underwent an 18-month refit just a few months ago.

Knoticat is now fit to sail for another 15-20 years, but unfortunately, due to a lack of funding for running costs, it is possible that service we offer will have to stop at the end of this summer

Annual running costs are around £14,000 (around £100 a day). We rely on donations to cover our costs but we are finding it increasingly difficult to secure them. Our trips are completely free for passengers and carers.

None of our volunteers are paid, and the service is strictly not for profit, giving around 400 disabled people and their carers a fantastic day out. We also receive no funding from the local authorities.

Knoticat is one of the few fully adapted sailing boats in the world,that offers a free service, and we believe the only one in the UK. It is incredibly important to keep her running for the benefit of our passengers and their carers, who genuinely benefit from the service.

The service is run by a team of dedicated skippers and crew members, all of whom give their time and experience for free to help keep us running.

Any help you could provide would massively increase the odds of us being able to continue our service into next year and beyond.

You can read reviews of the service that we provide, and take a look at what we offer, here.

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  • Stuart Mccalman6 months ago
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    Stuart Mccalman

    6 months ago

    Happy New Year to all our supporters. Knoticat will soon be undergoing her annual winter maintenance programme. We hope to have her back in the water ready for the start of the season in April. Thanks again to all of you for your continuing support and encouragement. See you on the water !!!

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  • Stuart Mccalman7 months ago
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    Stuart Mccalman

    7 months ago
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  • Stuart Mccalman9 months ago
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    Stuart Mccalman

    9 months ago

    We are continuing to receive support and generous donations. Thank you so much from all at Knoticat.

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  • James Hutton

    James Hutton

    Jan 5, 2020

    What a great charity. I am full of admiration for all the work you put in. Long may it continue !


  • Craig Williamson

    Craig Williamson

    Dec 10, 2019

    Donating on behalf of Paul J. Great charity, good luck!!


  • Yiannis Karalis

    Yiannis Karalis

    Dec 7, 2019


  • Stuart Walker

    Stuart Walker

    Dec 6, 2019


  • Anonymous


    Nov 12, 2019

    Another donation on behalf of Paul Jackson Good luck!

  • Barry Mardell

    Barry Mardell

    Nov 1, 2019

    I've been fortunate to sail on Knoticat in the past and hope to do so in the future.

  • Anonymous


    Oct 27, 2019

    Hope this helps.


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I am a volunteer with Knoticat. We provide sailing trips for people of all disabilities and their carers. These trips are free, but we do ask, if you are able, to make a donation to help with running costs. But we need funds to help us to keep sailing for next year and beyond.

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