Hello fellow bloggers! I recently started this blog about writing and sailing. You see, I live in Chicago and teach adaptive sailing. Alas, with such a short summer, I spend winters on my “real” job as a professional marketing writer. Some day, I will figure out how the two topics are related.
After working with several sailors who are visually impaired, I started pondering ways the new Glass might help them. A little research led to still more ideas. At the moment, this post is my dream of ways Glass could help adaptive sailors. But I don’t think the future is that far off.
Adding tactile cues to help a beginning sailor can be as simple as… Braille labels. Textured lines. Labels that identify lines while hanging on the cuddy are fine. But at some point, those lines will be in the cockpit. Just as sighted sailors use color to quickly identify lines, various textures can help sailors who are visually impaired. Depending on the boat, it may not be necessary to purchase all-new lines. Try splicing the textured line onto the existing line – you could find you only need to add new lines for the last few feet. Clutches and cleats. Consider opportunities to replace a cleat with a clutch. Then add textured material to the clutch arms to help distinguish each.