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Wheelchair Accessible Narrowboat Holidays 2022

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.

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 wheelchair users or those with 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.


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 can supply a hoist (at extra cost) 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 also a 2-pin razor socket in the shower room. 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).

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 https://youtu.be/3Y8Au5hLPaw
Madam Butterfly Pt 2 https://youtu.be/Uuq8hB4O6ys

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

Prices & Availability

Friday
Start

Monday Start

Short Break

One Week

8th Apr

 

920

1375
  11th Apr

920

1375

15th Apr

 

920

1375

 

18th Apr

920

1375

22nd Apr

 

880 1310
  25th Apr 880 1310

29th April

 

880

1250

  2nd May 880 1310

6th May

 

880 1310

 

9th May 880 1310

13th May

 

880 1310
  16th May 880 1310

20th May

 

880 1310

 

23rd May

880 1310

27th May

 

920

1375

 

30th May

920

1375

3rd Jun

 

880 1310
  6th Jun 880

1310

10th Jun

 

880 1310
  13th Jun 880 1310

17th Jun

 

880 1310
  20th Jun 880 1310

24th Jun

 

880 1310
  27th Jun 880 1310

1st Jul

 

880 1310
  4th Jul 880 1310

8th Jul

 

880 1310
  11th Jul 880 1310

15th Jul

 

880 1310
  18th Jul 880 1310

22nd Jul

 

920

1375
  25th Jul

920

1375

29th Jul

 

920

1375
  1st Aug

920

1375

5th Aug

 

920

1375
  8th Aug

920

1375

12th Aug

 

920

1375
  15th Aug

920

1375

19th Aug

 

920

1375
  22nd Aug

920

1375

26th Aug

 

920

1375
  29th Aug

920

1375

2nd Sep

 

880 1310
  5th Sep 880 1310

9th Sep

 

880 1310
  12th Sep 880 1310

16th Sep

 

880 1310
  19th Sep 880 1310

23rd Sep

 

880 1310
  26th Sep 880 1310

30th Sep

 

880 1310
  3rd Oct 880 1310

7th Oct

 

880 1310
  10th Oct 880 1310

14th Oct

 

880 1310
  17th Oct 880 1310

21st Oct

 

920

1375

 

24th Oct

920

1375
28th Oct   880 1310

                     

 


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/G3UNt-bsOK8

 

Madam Butterfly

Prices & Availability

Friday
Start

Monday Start

Short Break

One Week

8th Apr

 

920

1375
  11th Apr

920

1375

15th Apr

 

920

1375

 

18th Apr

920

1375

22nd Apr

 

880 1310
  25th Apr 880 1310

29th April

 

880

1250

  2nd May 880 1310

6th May

 

880 1310

 

9th May 880 1310

13th May

 

880 1310
  16th May 880 1310

20th May

 

880 1310

 

23rd May

880 1310

27th May

 

920

1375

 

30th May

920

1375

3rd Jun

 

880 1310
  6th Jun 880

1310

10th Jun

 

880 1310
  13th Jun 880 1310

17th Jun

 

880 1310
  20th Jun 880 1310

24th Jun

 

880 1310
  27th Jun 880 1310

1st Jul

 

880 1310
  4th Jul 880 1310

8th Jul

 

880 1310
  11th Jul 880 1310

15th Jul

 

880 1310
  18th Jul 880 1310

22nd Jul

 

920

1375
  25th Jul

920

1375

29th Jul

 

920

1375
  1st Aug

920

1375

5th Aug

 

920

1375
  8th Aug

920

1375

12th Aug

 

920

1375
  15th Aug

920

1375

19th Aug

 

920

1375
  22nd Aug

920

1375

26th Aug

 

920

1375
  29th Aug

920

1375

2nd Sep

 

880 1310
  5th Sep 880 1310

9th Sep

 

880 1310
  12th Sep 880 1310

16th Sep

 

880 1310
  19th Sep 880 1310

23rd Sep

 

880 1310
  26th Sep 880 1310

30th Sep

 

880 1310
  3rd Oct 880 1310

7th Oct

 

880 1310
  10th Oct 880 1310

14th Oct

 

880 1310
  17th Oct 880 1310

21st Oct

 

920

1375

 

24th Oct

920

1375
28th Oct   880 1310