Wheelchair Sailing with Uri

Uri from the waterline.


To explore the seas without compromises.

About the Uri

The Uri is a true blue-water motorsailer, uniquely designed to be operated and enjoyed by a wheelchair-bound paraplegic. Built in 1992 at Damstra shipyards in Holland, she is spacious and comfortable for 4-6 people, with two bedrooms below, a large enclosed galley and lounge abovedecks, and ample fore and aft sundecks. Maintained with love and care, the Uri's hull is 100% aluminum for longevity and durability. A true one-of-a-kind yacht, the Uri is uniquely comfortable and capable vessel for all aboard.

The Uri was architected by Itay Simhony of Raffles Yacht Shipyard

Vital specifications

Location Mediterranean
LOA 16.43m
LWL 13.93m
Beam 5.60m
Draft 2.40m
Displacement 38 metric tonnes
Hull Material Aluminum
Engine Perkins M165T, 150hp
Generator Kohler 16 KW
Fuel Capacity 2000 liters
Freshwater Capacity 1600 liters
Sail Area 128.5 m2

True Accessibility

The Uri is no superficial makeover of an existing yacht—she was designed for full accessibilty above and belowdecks. Galley, shower, head, and engine room are all wheelchair-friendly, enabling usage and maintenance by the owner. Thought was given to getting on and off the boat as well; the Uri boasts an aft Hydraulic crane and wide gangways for easy embarkation and disembarkation from any pier. Important controls have been placed within reach of a seated person, from lightswitches to winches. Accessibility is evident in many thoughtful details throughout the boat; she is a truly accessible motorsailer cited as a reference in scientific papers dedicated to universal design in the nautical field.