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Wheelchair Accessible Narrowboats Prices & Availability 2021

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.

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 58ft
7 Berth


Short Breaks* One Week

26th Mar


780 1150
  29th Mar 780 1150

2nd Apr


840 1250


5th Apr

840 1250

9th Apr


840 1250
  12th Apr 840 1250

16th Apr


840 1250


19th Apr

840 1250

23rd Apr


840 1250
  26th Apr 840 1250

30th Apr


840 1250
  3rd May 840 1250

7th May


840 1250


10th May

840 1250

14th May


840 1250
  17th May 840 1250

21st May


840 1250


24th May

840 1250

28th May


840 1250


31st May

840 1250

4th Jun


840 1250
  7th Jun 840 1250

11th Jun


840 1250
  14th jun 840 1250

18th Jun


840 1250
  21st Jun 840 1250

25th Jun


840 1250
  28th Jun 840 1250

2nd Jul


840 1250
  5th Jul 840 1250

9th Jul


840 1250
  12th Jul 840 1250

16th Jul


840 1250
  19th Jul 840 1250

23rd Jul


840 1250
  26th Jul 840 1250

30th Jul


840 1250
  2nd Aug 840 1250

6th Aug


840 1250
  9th Aug 840 1250

13th Aug


840 1250
  16th Aug 840 1250

20th Aug


840 1250
  23rd Aug 840 1250

27th Aug


840 1250
  30th Aug 840 1250

3rd Sep


840 1250
  6th Sep 840 1250

10th Sep


840 1250
  13th Sep 840 1250

17th Sep


840 1250
  20th Sep 840 1250

24th Sep


840 1250
  27th Sep 840 1250

1st Oct


780 1150
  4th Oct 780 1150

8th Oct


780 1150
  11th Oct 780 1150

15th Oct


780 1150
  18th Oct 780 1150

22nd Oct


840 1150


25th Oct

840 1250

29th Oct


780 -




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