Jun 20 – 22, 2018
Trieste (Italy)
Europe/Rome timezone

Inclusive Yacht Design

Jun 22, 2018, 3:00 PM
Saturnia (Trieste (Italy))


Trieste (Italy)

Stazione Marittima
Paper Yacht, pleasure craft design and inland vessels design Interior Yacht Design


Mr Paolo Ferrari (University of Trieste)


The proposal focuses on the definition of a new approach for the design of accessible and inclusive sailing yachts that takes into account the typical problems of users affected by permanent and temporary disabilities, as well as children, the elderly and pregnant women. Starting from the analysis of the current state of the art relating to sailing yachts ranging from 33 to 78 feet, it is possible to determine a series of cases in which the user, depending on his limit, may encounter problems of accessibility or use of external and internal spaces. The research aims to define the most suitable solutions for each of them, in order to create a reference standard in the field of nautical design to promote accessibility and inclusion. The deepening of this theme, which is not easy due to the numerous variables that make up the disability framework and the peculiarities of the "boat" environment, leads to the drafting of a manual that analyzes a series of design solutions applicable to narrow spaces like that of yachts, respecting the rules of ergonomics applied to the dimensions required by the particular conditions of the user, in order to eliminate the architectural barriers present on board.

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Mr Paolo Ferrari (University of Trieste)


Prof. Walter Ukovich (University of Trieste)

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