Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly K.

Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.


The objective of this project was to develop an adaptable fishing device for a client at the Massachusetts Hospital School which would allow the user to cast, reel, and set the hook easily and comfortabily from his wheelchair. The casting mechanism involves a motor that rotates the rod backward while extending a spring. The spring then snaps the rod forward. Using another motor and a conventional reel, the reeling function is performed. Setting the hook can be achieved manually or by using the casting motor. The device is supported by a platform, which is placed to the side of the wheechair and can be adjusted for different heights. The adaptive fishing pole device casts a 5/8-oz weight an average of 25 ft and reels at a rate between 0.62 ft/sec and 1.46 ft/sec.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering