Accessible Boating is a Charity offering opportunities for people with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK
We operate 2 self-steer boats: DAWN, a day boat; and MADAM BUTTERFLY, a cruising boat.
Both craft are specially designed and equipped with facilities for less-mobile passengers who have able-bodied assistance.
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 dispatchers. If you have any concerns about boat handling, please contact us, as the dispatchers will provide whatever support you need.
Dawn is a day boat offering covered accommodation for up to 6 wheelchairs and their carers (12 people maximum) with central heating, a hob for a kettle, electro-hydraulic lift to carry wheelchairs from deck to saloon and a flushing toilet.
Madam Butterfly is a holiday boat with 7 berths, including a full-sized hospital bed with hoist. It has hydraulic lifts, galley, accessible toilet and shower and many special features to assist the party to have an enjoyable cruising holiday.
Free tuition on operating and navigating the vessels is given at the start of the hire period.
Purpose designed and user friendly facilities for disabled people.
Safe and easy boarding and disembarking at the canal wharves.
Traditional tiller power steering and a unique periscope system for use by a seated steerer.
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Assistance dogs can travel on either boat.