In the winter of 2007, a group of people from Challenge Mountain,
the Boyne City Yacht Club, the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School and
Tiara Yachts got together to discuss a dream. The dream was to build
a boat which could be easily sailed by sailors with special needs. The
boat would have to be a manageable size for volunteers to rig and
launch, have extremely stable characteristics, and have adaptive
equipment to enable our friends to also enjoy our wonderful sport.
Ken Workinger of Tiara Yachts drew the plans for a 20 foot keel boat
and the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School agreed to build it as part of
their school curriculum.
The BCYC agreed to earmark all funds raised through Mark Madness
to help fund the expensive project.
As of late 2009, the hull is complete and the boat is at Irish Boat
Shop in Harbor Springs, MI for the final stages of development.
The boat is a Challenge Mountain 20, hull #1.
The team promises it will race in the 2010 Mark Madness Regatta.
The project took shape
with computer drawings
The Plan begins....
Frames became station moulds...
an idea became a boat.......
The boat leave GLBBS
and heads to Irish Boat
A reclining bucket seat (to allow
the sailor to better see the sails)
also has a five point harness for
hand controls like these
on the Martin 16 will allow
those with limited
dexterity to sail like us!
This "sip and puff" system(also
from Martin) will allow nearly
anyone to sail the boat. Note the
windlass system in front of him to
trim the sails.
The keel is on! Also notice
the jib boom which will keep
the jib self-tacking.
The CM20 as it appeared at the 6th Annual Cajun Shrimp Boil fundraiser in June of 2010