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Wheelchair Accessible Narrowboats

We are proud to be working closely with Accessible Boating, a Charity providing opportunities for people with disabilities or those with access wheelchair accessible narrowboats Hampshire and Surreydifficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire.

or complete our Booking / Enquiry Form If you would like to book Dawn for day hire please contact ABA directly on 07934 926683

2 accessible boats are available: DAWN, a day boat; and MADAM BUTTERFLY, a cruising boat.

Both boats are specially designed and equipped to cater for those with disabilities or reduced mobility. Hydraulic lifts give easy access for those in wheelchairs and both boats have accessible toilets.

Self-drive hirings are open to both novices and experienced boaters alike, because full tuition tailored to individual requirements is provided at the start of each cruise by trained Despatchers. If you have any concerns about boat handling, please contact Accessible Boating, as they will provide whatever support you need.

Dawn is a self-drive day boat certified for carriage of up to a maximum of 12 persons (including any ABA crew members). If you would like to book Dawn for day hire please contact ABA directly on 07934 926683. A powered wheelchair without occupant counts as the weight equivalent of one passenger, so when such a wheelchair is occupied, it counts as two. An occupied unpowered wheelchair counts as one.

An electro-hydraulic lift allows wheelchairs to gain easy access to the spacious cabin and accessible toilet. A gas hob allows preparation of hot drinks.

Cabin windows can be rolled up to give plenty of fresh air on warm days, or kept down to protect against the English weather. Central heating is also fitted.

The aft deck is equipped with a safety rail and is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair when cruising.

Because Dawn is relatively small, it can be turned round in many of the wider stretches of canal and does not need to find a Winding Hole like the larger boats.

Choose from the two terms and conditions of hire below

ABA Skippered Hire  or  Self Drive Hire

A video of 'Dawn' can be found here https://youtu.be/QIkJPS4iLAs

Madam Butterfly is a cruising boat equipped with a hospital bed and other facilities to allow able-bodied carers to accompany those with mobility problems.

We accept bookings from 3 nights to 7 nights and have produced an itinerary guide to help you plan your trip.

There is ample storage, a gas cooker, electric refrigerator, accessible shower and toilet, central heating and a dining area. Kitchen equipment, china, cutlery and glasses are provided, as is bed linen. Fuel is included in the price.

Wheelchair access to the boat is via a dismountable gang plank onto the rear deck. The front and aft decks have safety rails and are large enough for a wheelchair when cruising. Hydraulic lifts fore and aft give ready access to the cabin and front deck for those in wheelchairs.

There is a 12v charging point for a mobile phone and, ideally with the engine running, a 230v supply at up to 600 watts is available to charge wheelchair batteries, or electric hoist batteries or to run low-powered medical equipment. There is also a 2-pin razor socket in the shower room. TV and radio are fitted in the main cabin.

Madam Butterfly offers sleeping accommodation for up to 7 people. When under way, there must always be 2 able-bodied people acting as crew in addition to carers. The maximum number on board at any time, including any visitors, must not exceed 12 (including any ABA personnel).

Only registered assistance dogs are allowed on board.

See full conditions of hire HERE.

A video of 'Madam Butterfly' can be found here

All Prices are in Pounds Sterling (£). If a price is marked as red, the holiday is not available. If you enquire about a holiday we will hold it for you for 24 hours. Please note that during the Farnborough Air Show weeks navigation is restricted between Eelmore and Claycart Bridges during flying times (typically 12:00 until 16:30). We can offer significant discounts on airshow tickets for the public airshow week 16th to 22nd July.

Colour Key - Red = Booked  Green = Available  Yellow = Special Offer  Blue = Farborough Airshow Available

* 2 night breaks can be arranged, please call. Also Saturday Short Break start day Madame Butterfly 58ft
7 Berth


Short Breaks* One Week
23rd Mar   590 935
  26th Mar 590 935
30th Mar   750 1260
  2nd Apr 750 1260
6th Apr   750 1260
  9th Apr 750 1260
13th Apr   750 1260
  16th Apr 590 935
20th Apr   590 935
  23rd Apr 590 935
27th Apr   590 935
  30th Apr 590 935
4th May   750 1260
  7th May 750 1260
11th May   590 935
  14th May 590 935
18th May   590 935
  21st May 590 935
25th May   750 1260
  28th May 750 1260
1st June   750 1260
  4th June 640 1010
8th June   640 1010
  11th June 640 1010
15th June   640 1010
  18th June 640 1010
22nd June   640 1010
  25th June 640 1010
29th June   640 1010
  2nd July 640 1010
6th July Farnborough Trade Week   640 1010
  9th July Farnborough Trade Week 640 1010
13th July Farnborough Air Show Week   640 1010
  16th July Farnborough Air Show Week 640 1010
20th July Farnborough Air Show Week   640 1010
  23rd July 750 1260
27th July   750 1260
  30th July 750 1260
3rd Aug   750 1260
  6th Aug 750 1260
10th Aug   750 1260
  13th Aug 750 1260
17th Aug   750 1260
  20th Aug 750 1260
24th Aug   750 1260
  27th Aug 750 1260
31st Aug   750 1260
  3rd Sept 590 935
7th Sept   590 935
  10th Sept 590 935
14th Sept   590 935
  17th Sept 590 935
21st Sept   590 935
  24th Sept 590 935
28th Sept   590 935
  1st Oct 590 935
5th Oct   590 935
  8th Oct 590 935
12th Oct   590 935
  15th Oct 590 935
19th Oct   590 935
  22nd Oct 640 1010
26th Oct   590 935
  29th Oct 590 935