Madam Butterfly - Accessible cruiser stern widebeam

7 berth

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


To Book, scroll down and find an available date then call us to take you through the booking process over the phone. Call 01256 703691

If you would like to book Dawn for day hire please contact ABA directly on 07934 926683

Self-drive hire on Madam Butterfly is 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.

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. A portable hoist (Ardoo Caresafe 140) can be placed on board if needed. You are welcome to bring your own portable hoist if needed.

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 2 toilets, central heating and a dining area. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery and glasses are provided, as is bed linen. Fuel is included in the price.

Wheelchair access to the boat is via a demountable 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 wheelchair users.

There are two 12v charging points for a mobile phone and, ideally with the engine running, a 230v supply at up to 1000 watts is available to charge wheelchair batteries, or the electric hoist batteries or to run low-powered medical equipment. There is a TV and radio 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).

As mentioned, we can provide a hoist if required. It is portable and can be charged onboard, although it normally lasts the duration of the holiday. Details of the hoist are as follows; Ardoo Caresafe 140 Portable Hoist – The Ardoo Caresafe 140 portable hoist is a lightweight & foldable hoist. The small footprint will allow you to use it in tight areas such as bathrooms and can also lift the user off the floor. The Ardoo Caresafe 140 can also be used indoors and outdoors.

Only registered assistance dogs are allowed on board.

See full conditions of hire HERE.

Walkthrough videos of ‘Madam Butterfly’ can be found here, they show what is on board and how it works

Madam Butterfly Pt 1
Madam Butterfly Pt 2



Dawn is a skippered 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.

Terms and Conditions of hire can be seen HERE