After a massive nor-easter shredded up New England in March 2018, many homes, businesses and other structures needed to be replaced. Included in the devestation was a 80-foot gangway which was ripped apart. The City of Quincy had to replace almost all of its floating docks. One of those replaced included a 5-foot wide by 80-foot gangway. It was an emergency repair. After BoardSafe received the order it was able to complete the project in 2 weeks.
In September 2018, Lake Loramie installed an adaptive kayak launch at its 913-acre lake. The adaptive boat launch is located between the campgrounds and the beach area accessible to adaptive restroom facilities and paved parking, walkways, near the camp store and Lake Loramie Nature Center and Museum.
The adaptive kayak boat launch was manufactured and installed by BoardSafe. It marks their first project in Ohio, but with the reception that it received it there should be many more adaptive kayak launches coming to Ohio. The kayak launch was even fit with a gangway to board a pontoon boat, see below.
Visit the Lake Loramie Facebook page and watch the videos of paddlers trying out the new launch.
The new adaptive kayak launch installed at Lake Nockamix in Bucks County, PA is a big deal for many area adaptive athletes. They were not the only ones who have a great sense of pride in the project. The Friends of Lake Nockamixon State Park and Nockamixon Sail Club both assisted in the fundraising efforts to get the adaptive launch to installed at the lake. The adaptive kayak launch and BoardSafe's adaptive specialist Ken Ryno are featured on the cover of the sailing club's fall newsletter. Click to image to read the article.
The launch area sits at the edge of the parking lot. BoardSafe manufactured four, accessible aluminum picnic tables with bench cutouts to allow wheelchairs to easily roll up to and under the tables. Additionally, aluminum kayak racks were placed in the kayak launch area for boat storage. The aluminum, adaptive kayak launch has a low threshold to allow adaptive athletes to roll from the parking lot onto the gangway and on to the floating dock. A boat slide is adjacent and parallel to the gangway to allow for easy towing onto the floating dock. From there the adaptive paddler transitions out of their chair and onto the transition bench using the rail to slide down the bench beside the boat. Using the cage, bars and handstraps the paddler can gain leverage and control to lower themselves into the cockpit and safely adjust the boat. The submarine launch bars cradle the boat to provide a secure and steady transition in and out of the boat.
The third adaptive kayak launch in the state of Pennsylvania. The other two launches are located at Leaser Lake in Lehigh County and Beltzville Lake in Carbon County. All of the three accessible boat launches were manufacturer and install by BoardSafe.