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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 25 2014 5:58 PM UTC +00:00
$378
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 25 2014 5:58 PM UTC +00:00

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Hello.  This project will not reach its funding goal however I sincerely appreciate your interest and pledges.  You will not be charged for your pledge.  However this does not mean the Sand Crab Beach Walker is dead.  This project isn't about me, it's about those who struggle,  Considering I find another venue for funding.  Again, I thank you all very much for your interest.

Stay well, Al Toman

Hi!  I'm Al Toman, oral cancer survivor 2007.  I LOVE the beach and ocean.  Many other people enjoy the ocean unfortunately they are inflicted with mobility issues that makes the beach almost if not entirely inaccessible to them.  There are NO obvious and easily accessed solutions.  Yes.  A ramp is available but what happens when you exit the ramp and are faced with cutting through hundreds of feet of SOFT SAND!?!

You are not alone!  Last year I noticed several times the same man in a wheel chair.  He would park on the deck of the stairs and watch from there over 100+ yards from the water; his wheelchair not made for beach walking.  This not only applies to people in wheelchairs, it effects people with spinal, muscle, bone, nerve, and a wide variety of issues.  Consequently many people stay home because of this difficulty.  They don't want to feel not normal.  I   have never seen a person with obvious limited mobility on the beach except for a few struggling, determined individuals that I can count on one hand in over thirteen years.

A walk along the ocean provides emotional healing and a feeling of peace.

The ocean is awesome and people should be able to enjoy the beach so I want to make their lives a little easier in doing that.  The funds will help to create and refine the Sand Crab Beach Walker, keeping costs down so that everybody can afford to come to the beach and be at peace.

I need the funding to build the Sand Crab Beach Walker.  I connected with a local mechanic who can help in building it then produce several for rental or purchase.  I already have an outlet on a major highway to the ocean that can provide the rentals/purchase.

The Sand Crab Beach Walker is an economical, compact, big wheel scooter, that breaks down and assembles in a "snap" that does not resemble a wheelchair and it is capable of traversing the soft sand where other vehicles tend to sink into the sand.  The large wide tires easily traverse the sand carrying the user to his/her destination near the ocean's edge. 

Sand Crab Beach Walker Side View
Sand Crab Beach Walker Side View

 The beach walker has to be narrow because the boardwalk at several locations is only wide enough for 2 people, those coming, those going.  We don't want to run anyone over.  Also, the beach walker needs WIDE WHEELS to cut the SOFT SAND.  That is why we decided on a scooter format with big fat wheels!

Sand Crab Beach Walker Rear View
Sand Crab Beach Walker Rear View

 The beach walker allows the user to secure their chair, articles,  and cooler onto the rear of the frame.

Risks and challenges

This is an off-road vehicle, travels at less than 30mph (more like 2-6mph) so it does not require any permits. Most local beaches require ADA ramp accessibility so the Sand Crab Beach Walker can reach most any beach (watch the video). The mechanics are simple to build.

I already invented a medical device in 2008 that is being used worldwide and am experienced at doing the research and planning to come up with a winning device that is intended to solve a problem.

Most all of the research is completed. I have a mechanic in waiting. All we need is the funding to pull this baby together!

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