Cadamà is the project of Andrea Brigatti, born in Milan in 1967 with a huge passion for travel since a very early age. After an accident in 2003 he starts using a wheelchair but this does not stop him from continuing to pursue his passion for travel and sports, and in particular for sailing.
The boat Cadamà was built in 1971 in the shipyards of La Spezia and is today the only historical vessel entirely accessible for people who use a wheelchair. The disabled users can access all spaces and can move around thanks to the installation of lifts and of special shell-seats, “cocoons”, that guarantee stability and safety.
The project for the adaptations of the boat took 4 years to complete: a special bridge allows access to the boat and the system of cocoons allows the person to stay fixed but also to move around in an ergonomic way between the different positions, so that the person can choose wether to use or not the wheelchair while sailing.
The crew is composed of three people who take care of the navigation and of the maximum 7 guests who can be on the boat. The boat has an owner cabin (bedroom) with a double bed and a single bed with annexed bathroom, all entirely accessible. There are also two non accessible cabins with bunk beds with a shared bathroom. During the day, up to 4 wheelchair users can be on the boat.
The measurements for the wheelchairs that can access the boat are: maximum chair width is 67 cm (if with canted wheels it is from the bottom part of the wheels – if not the measure is from “handrims” on the wheels: lenght from back of the main wheels to caster wheels center is 75 cm (footrest can exceed this lenght). Electric wheelchairs cannot go below deck due to the weight and size.
The boat is moored at the harbour Riva di Traiano, Civitavecchia, 10 minutes away from Fiumicino Airport, and it is possible to organize the transfer upon request.
Cadamà was created mainly for people with mobility impairments that want to live for the first time or re-live the experience of sailing or doing a cruise, and it can be rented for a whole week or the weekend by contacting the team at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask them for availability, price and any further info you may need and…get on board!
For the full plan of the boat and the measurements, visit their website.