Sailing catamaran designed for people with disabilities makes Volvo Penta stop

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Volvo Penta employees met up with crewmembers from Impossible Dream on Oct. 12 when the universally accessible catamaran stopped at Cobb’s Marina in Norfolk, Va. Volvo Penta donated the 60-foot boat’s Saildrives and newly installed D2-75 diesels.

Designed to be sailed by people with disabilities, Impossible Dream was developed by Mike Browne, a paraplegic who envisioned a boat that could be sailed by a person in a wheelchair.

Each year, the mixed-ability crew navigates more than 6,000 miles from Miami to Quebec City, stopping at ports of call to sail with people who are undergoing physical rehabilitation.

“We are proud to contribute to Impossible Dream’s mission of sharing the joys of boating with many disabled individuals and their families,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, in a statement. “Boating is something that everyone should be able to enjoy, and the Impossible Dream makes the dream of sailing a reality.”

Impossible Dream is based at Shake-a-Leg Miami, an accessible community boating center. The boat’s mission is to engage communities and introduce people with disabilities, wounded soldiers, disadvantaged youth and others to sailing.

“We are proud to have Volvo Penta as a sponsor partner of the Impossible Dream,” said Harry Horgan, president of the Shake-a-Leg Foundation. “Their engines power our boat, and their commitment to community powers our resolve to use the Impossible Dream to inspire people with disabilities, wounded veterans and their families to improve their independence and quality of life.”