Best St. Thomas Boat Rental for Physically Impaired
More than sixty stunning islands make up the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and all are within a short ride of each other by powerboat. Calm, warm waters, colorful corals and tropical fish, endless blue sky and the sun’s warmth make the Virgin Islands the world’s most perfect place to swim and snorkel, but many people never venture past the shopping center because physical limitations stop them from joining friends and family on a day boat charter to visit other surrounding islands.
Many people fear that physical ailments like a bad back, extra weight or issues associated with aging will keep them from being able to board, ride and enjoy a day boat charter trip in the Virgin Islands. It’s true that boating requires a certain level of physical ability, but a day boat charter company based in St. Thomas is making it possible–and fun–for people with physical limitations to enjoy the beauty of the islands. The best day boat charter for physically impaired–Pirates Paradise Adventures.
“I’ve owned boats for years,” said owner Brian Woeller, “but my parents couldn’t spend the day on the water with us because my Mom has a lower back problem and my Dad has problems with balance, so they didn’t feel comfortable getting on a boat. When we started Pirate’s Paradise Adventures, we chose boats that would eliminate these issues for older folks, or those who have physical limitations. With our boats Red Beard and Black Beard, the whole family can spend the day touring the islands and everyone can enjoy their day boat charter in comfort.”
What makes a day boat charter with Pirate’s Paradise Adventures so different–and the only real choice for anyone with a physical ailment–is the layout of their 30 and 32 foot vessels, Red Beard and Black Beard. For starters, every seat on these boats are fully upholstered and ergonomically friendly. There are even forward facing chaise lounge seats, where passengers can put up their feet to take pressure off the lower back, hips, knees and feet. There’s even shaded chaise lounge seating should you choose to stay out of the direct sun.
The boats also feature an open step that is almost level with the dock for easy entry and exit. No need to throw your leg over the side of the boat or climb across the seats. On Red Beard and Black Beard, you simply step on the rear deck and walk into or off the boat, with no climbing. Both boats are also a little wider than most boats, improving stability on the water for a more comfortable ride and at the dock for easier on and off.
Getting in and out of the water is much easier as well. Both boats feature a swim step where you can sit comfortably and put on your snorkel gear and then gently drop into the water. When its time to come back onto the boat, a very sturdy ladder and built-in hand holds support your weight, offering a much easier and fluid exit from the water. In addition, both boats have a restroom, refrigerator, sink, freshwater shower and iPod ready stereo, so when everyone is comfortably seated, the fun begins!
If you’re planning a visit to the Virgin Islands with family or friends that have some physical challenges, do research on the kind of boats available so that everyone is safe and comfortable on their St Thomas day boat charter. The worst thing you can do, besides missing the chance to see this stunning collection of islands, is to choose a day boat charter company that doesn’t cater to the needs of your group.