Boat Bookings


Basingstoke Canal


Madam Butterfly


History of ABA



Accessible Boating

is a Charity offering opportunities for disabled people or those with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.

We operate 2 boats: DAWN, a day boat; and MADAM BUTTERFLY, a cruising boat.

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.

Old Thatch (National Garden Scheme)
Sunday 9th April 2017

Accessible Boating will be running boat trips using Dawn between
Barley Mow Wharf and Old Thatch
on Sunday 9th April 2017
starting at 1.45 p.m.

Suggested donation £1 each way.  Maximum of 10 passengers per trip.

Trips operate on a first come first served basis.

More details of Old Thatch and the NGS can be found at:

Bookings are now open for Day Trips on Dawn
for those with limited mobility and their carers
at £10 per person (carer free) on:
13 & 27 May; 10 & 24 June; 8 & 22 July; 12 & 26 August and 9 & 23 September.

See FLYER for more details.

Reserve places on 07934 926683.


DawnDawn is a day boat offering covered accommodation for up to 6 wheelchairs and their carers with 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.

ButterflyMadam Butterfly

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.