Boat Bookings


Basingstoke Canal


Madam Butterfly


History of ABA



Accessible Boating

is a Charity managed and operated by unpaid volunteers 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 including, for Dawn, providing an ABA crew.

Scheduled trips on Dawn in 2018
Once again we are offering places on
scheduled cruises on Dawn
from Odiham
aimed at those with mobility issues and their carers.
Further details HERE.


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 powered 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.