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Wheelchair Accessible Narrowboats 2019

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.

CALL US TO CHECK AVAILABILITY for Madam Butterfly ONLY.
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 https://youtu.be/1AAI56vL9Q0

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.

Colour Key - Red = Booked  Green = Available  Yellow = Special Offer

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

Friday
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Monday
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Short Breaks* One Week

 

25th Mar

620 975

29th Mar

 

620 975

 

1st Apr

620 975

5th Apr

 

620 975

 

8th Apr

785 1310

12th Apr

 

785 1310

 

15th Apr

785 1310

19th Apr

 

785 1310

 

22nd Apr

670 1050

26th Apr

 

670 1050

 

29th Apr

670 1050

3rd May

 

670 1050

 

6th May

785 1310

10th May

 

670 1050

 

13th May

670 1050

17th May

 

670 1050

 

20th May

670 1050

24th May

 

670 1050

 

27th May

785 1310

31st May

 

670 975

 

3rd June

670 975

7th June

 

670 975

 

10th June

670 975

14th June

 

670 975

 

17th June

670 975

21st June

 

670 975

 

24th June

670 975

28th June

 

670 975

 

1st July

670 975

5th July

 

670 975

 

8th July

670 975

12th July

 

670 975

 

15th July

670 975

19th July

 

670 975

 

22nd July

670 975

26th July

 

785 1310

 

29th July

785 1310

2nd Aug

 

785 1310

 

5th Aug

785 1310

9th Aug

 

785 1310

 

12th Aug

785 1310

16th Aug

 

785 1310

 

19th Aug

785 1310

23rd Aug

 

785 1310

 

26th Aug

785 1310

30th Aug

 

785 1310

 

2nd Sept

620 975

6th Sept

 

620 975

 

9th Sept

620 975

13th Sept

 

620 975

 

16th Sept

620 975

20th Sept

 

620 975

 

23rd Sept

620 975

27th Sept

 

620 975

 

30th Sept

620 975

4th Oct

 

620 975

 

7th Oct

620 975

11th Oct

 

620 975

 

14th Oct

620 975

18th Oct

 

620 975

 

21st Oct

670 1050

25th Oct

 

620 975

 

28th Oct

620 975