Basingstoke Canal


Madam Butterfly


History of ABA




Please read the Conditions of Hire (see below) for the particular boat before initiating a booking request.

Booking enquiries should initially be made by email or telephone to negotiate mutually acceptable dates and timings for your cruise. The bookings manager will send a provisional confirmation with details of payments due. For bookings on Madam Butterfly, a booking form will also be sent for completion and return, requesting details of all passengers.

The last published booking calendars, which are updated at intervals, of Dawn and Madam Butterfly indicate when the boats are likely to be available for hire, but potential hirers should contact our Bookings Manager to confirm the current situation.

Once the deposit is received you will receive full confirmation of your trip.

Once the balance has been paid, and shortly before the trip, you will receive final details, including the contact details of the boatman or dispatcher who will meet you on the day of the trip. He/she will contact you to confirm arrangements and answer any last minute questions you may have.

Pre-booking enquiries are also very welcome.

email the bookings manager or telephone +44-(0)7934 926683.

To learn about handling a canal boat, view this movie online. This video is also available on request as a DVD for those with firm bookings - to be returned at the end of the trip.

  • Dawn
  • Madam Butterfly


Details of DAWN are HERE and its availability HERE.

From 1 January 2018, the hiring charge is £100 for 4 hours plus £25 for each additional hour or part of hour thereafter.

An additional damage deposit of £100 for self-drive hirings will be returned after the trip if the boat condition is acceptable.

Conditions of Hire are HERE (self drive) and HERE (ABA crew).

Please contact our Bookings Manager to check availability and enquire about a booking.

ButterflyMadam Butterfly

Details of MADAM BUTTERFLY are HERE and its availability HERE.

Prices for 2018 will be added shortly. In the meantime, please ring +44-(0)7934 926683.

An additional returnable £100 security deposit is required with the balance of the hiring fees not less than 6 weeks before the start date of the hiring. See booking form.

Booking form with Conditions of Hire is HERE.

Please contact our Bookings Manager to check availability and enquire about a booking.