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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Sailing
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Parking Area, Front Desk Area

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Sailing Support

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Lifts, Sailboats

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Yes

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Located on scenic Lake George in upstate New York, Y Knot is an adaptive sailing program designed and run by and for people with disabilities. They believe that sailing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all and, in many respects, puts those with mobility restrictions on a more even footing with non-disabled peers. Y Knot is dedicated to removing the physical access and financial barriers that make sailing prohibitive for some, so all who are so inclined can experience the excitement of this sport. Novice and experienced sailors alike are welcome to join as they enjoy the excitement, sport and camaraderie of sailing.

Y-Knot has a fleet of four Martin 16s. With a deep ballasted keel and simple control systems, the Martin 16 is a safe daysailer for sailors of all abilities. A second seat accommodates an instructor or passenger. And two of our four M16s are equipped with an asymmetrical spinnaker. As a sport and recreation, sailing allows sailors with disabilities to sail without compromise, alongside able-bodied sailors. From its inception, the Martin 16 was designed to be accessible to sailors with mobility impairments - without specialized adaptations. Stability, adjustable seating and simplified control systems make the Martin 16 accessible to most sailors with disabilities. The Martin 16 Power-Assist System provides modular, power-assisted steering, sail-sheeting and bilge-pumping. The Martin 16's 330 lb. (150 kg.) bulb keel provides exceptional stability.

"No Limit" is a 20-foot sloop specifically designed to accommodate sailors with a broad range of disabilities. The boat features counterweighted seats to enable sailors to pivot between opposite sides of the boat, as well as a motorized autohelm that can be controlled with a joystick.