Re: help with a new potential sailor
Try contacting Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) at http://www.crabsailing.org/
. They're a non-profit whose mission is "making the thrill of sailing a reality for physically challenged individuals".
They may already have members who are blind and/or hearing impaired who could give you some advice even if you're not local to the Chesapeake Bay.
Best of luck,
95 Catalina 30 Island Time
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