SV Tenacious is currently the only sea-going tall ship in the world that can be sailed by a mixed ability crew, including disabled people, those with mental health conditions or long-term ill-health issues, and the socially isolated. 

The accessible features of Tenacious, make every aspect of shipboard life available to all, from setting the sails, going aloft and helming the ship.

Among the many accessible features found onboard are:

  • wheelchair lifts and wide decks that provide equal and easy access throughout the ship
  • a speaking compass that enables those with visual impairments to steer the ship
  • power assisted steering and a joystick for people with limited dexterity
  • unique ascender systems that allow wheelchair users to experience ‘life aloft’ up our masts
  • Signage in braille, guidance tracks, tactile stair strips and raised directional arrows on handrails for people with visual impairments

Click here for more information on the accessibility of Tenacious.

Read more about Tenacious’ story here.


Pulling Together is a rolling appeal to maintain a funding flow for ship maintenance, repairs and improvements to Tenacious, to keep her safe, certified and able to deliver the JST mission.

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