Basingstoke Canal


Madam Butterfly



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Madam Butterfly

Butterfly in a Deepcut lockis a cruising boat equipped with a hospital bed and other facilities to allow able-bodied carers to accompany those with mobility problems.

We accept bookings from one night to seven nights and have produced an itinerary guide to help you plan your trip.

There is ample storage, a gas cooker, electric refrigerator, accessible shower and toilet, central heating and a dining area. Kitchen equipment, china, cutlery and glasses are provided, as is bed linen. Fuel is included in the price.

Wheelchair access to the boat is via a dismountable gang plank onto the rear deck. The front and aft decks have safety rails and are large enough for a wheelchair when cruising. Hydraulic lifts fore and aft give ready access to the cabin and front deck for those in wheelchairs.

There is a 12v charging point for a mobile phone and, ideally with the engine running, a 230v supply at up to 600 watts is available to charge wheelchair batteries or to run low-powered medical equipment. There is also a 2-pin razor socket in the shower room. TV and radio are fitted in the main cabin.

Madam Butterfly offers sleeping accommodation for up to 7 people. When under way, there must always be 2 able-bodied people acting as crew in addition to carers. The maximum number on board at any time, including any visitors, must not exceed 12 (including any ABA personnel).

Pets other than assistance dogs only by special arrangement in advance.

All aspects of Madam Butterfly holiday self-drive charters are managed on behalf of the Accessible Boating Association (ABA) by Galleon Marine Boatyard LLP.

For further details of facilities, availability, tariffs, terms and conditions plus how to book please contact the Galleon team at:

Galleon Marine Boatyard LLP
Colt Hill
RG29 1AL

Tel: 01256 703691

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