Tuesday, 25 July 2017



Husband is vice chairman (bow..scrape) of the charity Accessible Boating in Hampshire. I'm a member of the association as well, although I'm more of a back scenes person who does whatever is needed at the time!

Here's the official blurb:

Accessible Boating is managed and operated by unpaid volunteers offering opportunities for disabled people or those with access difficulties to go narrow boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.



Butterfly in a Deepcut lock

Both craft are specially designed and equipped to cater for those with disabilities or 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 Dispatchers. If you have any concerns about boat handling, please contact us, as we will provide whatever support you need including, for Dawn, providing an ABA crew.

Bookings are now open for Day Trips on Dawn
for those with limited mobility and their carers
at £10 per person (carer free) on

12 & 26 Augustand 9 & 23 September.
See FLYER for more details.
Reserve places on 07934 926683.


     Dawn is a day boat offering covered accommodation for up to 6 wheelchairs and  central heating, a hob for a kettle, electro-hydraulic lift to carry wheelchairs from deck to saloon and a flushing accessible toilet. Maximum number on board is 12 less one per powereed wheelchair. As part of the 12, an ABA skipper and crewman can be provided at no extra charge for those who do not wish to self-drive. More details HERE.

     Madam Butterfly is a holiday boat with 7 berths, including a full-sized hospital bed with hoist. It has hydraulic lifts fore and aft, galley, accessible toilet and shower and many special features to assist the party to have an enjoyable cruising holiday. More details HERE.

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