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Dawn Ready for New Season

Dawn has emerged from winter maintenance with a smartly-repainted interior. The new white ceiling makes the whole interior seem much lighter and the revarnished wood panels look very smart.

Great job by our dedicated maintenance volunteers.

Dawn Cabin 2019
Dawn cabin 7 April 2019

Old Thatch 7 April 2019

Dawn contributed to a successful Open Garden at Old Thatch and once again allowed ABA to publicise their offering to a wider audience whilst operating trips from Old Thatch to and from Barley Mow.

The next Open Days at Old Thatch are on 16 June and 1 September.

Dawn at Old Thatch
Dawn at Old Thatch
The side you can't see from the canal
The side of the cottage you can't see from the canal

Old Thatch Cruises

Dawn will be running familiarisation cruises from the Open Garden at Old Thatch on Sunday 7 April 2019.

30 minute cruises to Barley Mow wharf and return give an opportunity to publicise the work of ABA with the aim of reaching more potential hirers.

Old Thatch Open Garden
Old Thatch Open Garden

Christmas 2018
Santa cruises

Once again we were delighted to welcome both families with young children and also some of our summer passengers who joined us in collecting Santa from his magical Grotto for a short cruise along the canal followed by mince pies and a hot drink ashore.

Santa with child
The magic of Christmas with Santa

Everyone seemed to have a great time and we look forward to running the same trips again for Christmas 2019.

We also hope that the publicity these trips have generated, both during the trips themselves and at the Odiham Christmas Extravaganza, will help us reach more of those with mobility and other dificulties who might enjoy a trip on the canal in one of our specially-equipped accessible boats.

Winter Maintenance


Dawn was taken to the dry dock at Deepcut in November 2018 where her hull was cleaned and repainted and the rudder reseated. Our maintenance team will continue working on Dawn and Madam Butterfly in early 2019 to get them ready for another busy season.