"MB" is a cruising boat equipped with a hospital bed and other facilities to allow able-bodied carers, friends and family to accompany those with mobility problems on cruises along the Basingstoke Canal.
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 rear 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. Three USB charging points are also provided. A 2-pin razor socket is in the shower room and a TV and radio are 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 are allowed on board only by special arrangement in advance.