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What's a good boat for someone with Parkinson's disease

I shake badly from Parkinson's disease, and don't think I could manage the tiller of a narrowboat. Would a GRP cruiser with wheel steering be better? What might be a good choice. I'll still have crew to help, but I'd like to do the steering.

Asked by: Andrew Denny  | 11.14am, Thursday 13 July

WW says:

I am no expert but I would have thought that the much greater mass of a narrowboat would be able to 'iron out' any small changes of direction better than a cruiser which as far more sensitive to movement of the wheel.

Graham Booth  | 12.29PM, Thursday 13 July

Graham, that is an interesting point! I hadn't thought of that.

Andrew Denny  | 1.19PM, Thursday 13 July

I agree with Graham, A narrowboat of at least 40ft length would be fine as a shaking tiller will have little effect. The boat will not have time to respond before it is corrected; whereas a light cruiser would wriggle from side to side with similar steering.
My father had Parkinsons disease, and as long as the intended movements needed to steer can be made, a tremor should have no more effect than a slight loss of efficency.
I would suggest a trip on a friends boat or a day hire boat to have a go.

Rupert Smedley  | 10.17PM, Thursday 13 July

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