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Re: Handicapped Access to Salon?
kc, I think the simple solution might be a ramp, sit on your bum and use hand strength to control the slide down and the pull back up. Bulky, inelegant, but simple. Other than that, once you get into lifts and hoists you are probably best off looking for a local machinist or someone who is actively involved with active assistance designs to try figuring out something that will take up the least space and cost, and offer the best reliability. For instance, the electric lifts that lift a wheelchair up behind the bumper of a car, could just as easily lift a small platform in your companionway, turning it into an elevator. But you still might want to cut away any "bridge deck" that has to be stepped over from the cockpit, and then reinforcing to compensate for that.
Surely there are some organizations that would have contacts, not just to salesmen but to folks who can do some clever engineering as well?