Skip to main content
Publish date:

Sailing catamaran designed for people with disabilities makes Volvo Penta stop


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.”


Metstrade Wraps

International Marine Networking’s Ben Taylor said a “solid international audience” was on hand at Amsterdam’s RAI Center for this year’s event.

Lyman-Morse to Build Hydrofoil-Equipped Electric Vessel

The Maine shipyard was tapped by Navier to build its 27-foot performance boat, slated to splash at next year’s FLIBS.

Aquila Names Approved Boats as U.K. Reps

The power cat manufacturer has appointed Approved Boats its representative in the United Kingdom.

Training with ABYC

After attendance of 400 professionals at last week’s ABYC-CG online risk-management event, ABYC invites early bird registrations for its scheduled in-person marine-law seminar on Jan.11, 2022.

VIDEO: Women in the Industry — Impact and Empowerment

Metstrade TV hosted three remarkable industry leaders for a panel discussion.

Mastervolt and Whale Join ASG EMEA

Brunswick’s ASG EMEA now has 13 marine brands operating as a single organization.

Best of the Best

Sea Tow International presented its annual awards for outstanding service, boating advocacy and community support.

No Silent Liars

Why giving employees a voice will elevate your business.