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Wheelchair Accessible Narrowboats 2020

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.

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 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. 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.

A video of 'Madam Butterfly' can be found here https://youtu.be/kL2qG-RLohM

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


Short Breaks* One Week

27th Mar


760 1130
  30th Mar 760 1130

3rd Apr


760 1130


6th Apr

810 1210

10th Apr


810 1210
  13th Apr 810 1210

17th Apr


810 1210


20th Apr

810 1210

24th Apr


810 1210
  27th Apr 810 1210

1st May


810 1210
  4th May 810 1210

8th May


810 1210


11th May

810 1210

15th May


810 1210
  18th May 810 1110

22nd May


710 1110


25th May

710 1110

29th May


710 1110


1st Jun

810 1210

5th Jun


810 1210
  8th Jun 810 1210

12th Jun


810 1210
  15th jun 810 1210

19th Jun


810 1210
  22nd Jun 810 1210

26th Jun


810 1210
  29th Jun 810 1210

3rd Jul


810 1210
  6th Jul 810 1210

10th Jul


810 1110
  13th Jul 710 1110

17th Jul


710 1110
  20th Jul 810 1210

24th Jul


810 1210
  27th Jul 810 1210

31st Jul


810 1210
  3rd Aug 810 1210

7th Aug


810 1210
  10th Aug 810 1210

14th Aug


810 1210
  17th Aug 810 1210

21st Aug


810 1210
  24th Aug 810 1110

28th Aug


710 1110
  31st Aug 710 1110

4th Sep


810 1210
  7th Sep 810 1210

11th Sep


810 1210
  14th Sep 810 1210

18th Sep


810 1210
  21st Sep 810 1210

25th Sep


810 1210
  28th Sep 810 1210

2nd Oct


760 1130
  5th Oct 760 1130

9th Oct


760 1130
  12th Oct 760 1130

16th Oct


760 1130
  19th Oct 760 1130

23rd Oct


760 1130


26th Oct

760 1130

30th Oct







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