What others say about the M.V. Freedom:
“I always enjoy the trips, the crew are very good and helpful, it is lovely to be to have the sea breeze in your hair, we have had some wonderful trips, I would fully recommend it to anyone”.
“I felt very safe, you are fully fastened in and provided with a life jacket. We went to Lulworth which was beautiful, they certainly know the best places to take you”.
Quotes from some of our passengers from the Acorns day centre.
We are a charity called, ‘Friends of M.V. Freedom’ that has been registered since 1984. We provide an opportunity for people living with disabilities, the elderly and young people to experience a trip to sea.
M.V. Freedom is the second vessel to be operated by the charity and has been adapted to safely carry a maximum of 12 passengers including four wheelchair spaces. The boat is moored in Weymouth Harbour and is accessed by ramp opposite the council buildings. She is Skippered and Crewed by trained volunteers.
Our sole intention is to provide a very special adventure for our treasured passengers. We sail on the stunning Jurassic Coastal waters of Dorset and provide sightseeing, fishing and picnic opportunities. Our trip destinations vary between Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Portland Harbour depending on sea conditions. In 2016 we sailed with over 1,350 happy passengers and our aim is for you to help us smash that this year.
Our regular passengers include people from residential homes, day centres and special needs schools throughout Dorset and the surrounding counties. We are also happy to carry less able holiday makers and day trippers from our community.
Our voluntary Crew and Skippers aim to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our passengers with tales of monster Mackerel and Moby Dick sightings a regular feature.
M.V. Freedom was recognised for her work with people living with disability, by being trusted with the privilege of carrying the Olympic Flame for the 2012 Paralympic sailing events held in Portland Harbour. An extremely proud moment for all of our volunteers and passengers.
The charity is completely reliant on fund raising to survive. Every penny donated is spent on the running, maintenance and promotion of M.V. Freedom. We are currently raising funds for a new boat.
Bookings can only be made by phone: 07974266867
We highly recommend that everyone books a specific date and voyage time to avoid disappointment.
Who do we take on trips?
We only sail with passengers who are elderly, adults or children (from the age of five) living with disabilities and their carers.
Our lifejackets for children start from (20kg) please specify the number of children in need of the smaller lifejackets when booking, as we only have a limited number.
Whether you are single or part of a group you are welcomed on-board by our fully trained voluntary Skippers and Crew.
What do we need to know about you?
A contact telephone number: Sadly trips are sometimes cancelled due to bad weather:
The more detail that you give us about any special requirements, the more we are able to reassure you and assist. Our aim is for every passenger to have a great time.
What is the maximum size of a Group?
MV Freedom is able to carry a total of 12 passengers, 4 of which may have wheelchairs. (Wheelchair Maximum width 76cm)
What if you need to cancel?
Please contact us on the Booking number as soon as possible.