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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with cerebral palsy to sail independently. The sailboat is equipped with two battery-powered motors to operate the rudder and the mainsheet, which is attached to the boom. A basic joystick was adapted to control these operations by replacing the existing internal spring with a stronger one and extending the handle to six inches long. A wooden base attaches to the floor of the boat with Velcro. The wooden control box at the base of the joystick clips to the base in the boat with rust-resistant brass pad bolts and the cable from the joystick plugs into the cable from the battery, providing control of the boat for the user. TITLE: Safe Sailing. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 4, Summer 2005. PAGES: 10-11. Number of pages: 3 (including cover).
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