A Sip and Puff system is an example of an adaption used for certain disabilities. With a Sip and Puff System the skipper can control the boat using their breath. A Clagett sailor, Dave Whalen, is pictured below using a Sip and Puff System to steer at Sonar in 2018. Sip and Puff Systems can be installed on a wide variety of boats, including Sonars, Martin 16s and Hansa 303s.
There are various methods to source, set up, and install a Sip and Puff System. See the resources below for more information:
The Y-Knot Program out of Lake George, NY developed a Sonar Sip and Puff System in conjunction with Gene Hinkel. For details, photos and a video of that system specifically click here.
The two Youtube videos below, from Ontario Sailing, illustrate and demonstrate the mechanisms behind the Sip and Puff System. It is important to note that this specific system uses a Windlass winch to control the sails using sip and puff, rather than steer the boat. The first video describes the sip and puff mechanics,
The second video, below, guides the viewer on how to install a Sip and Puff system in a Martin 16,
An article from The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine titled "Independent sailing with high tetraplegia using sip and puff controls: integration into a community sailing center," details the method and result of installing a Sip and Puff system in a Hansa 303. To view the article, click here.
The following article, from Lifeboats Magazine, details how Natasha Lambert and her father, Gary, designed and implemented their own Sip and Puff System, click here.
Accessible Sailing Technology in Nova Scotia Canada offers a Sip and Puff system compatible with the Martin 16, for more information and to purchase a system click here.