is a cruising boat equipped with a hospital bed and other facilities to allow able-bodied carers to accompany those with mobility problems.
Normal bookings are for one week or more, but a limited number of 4-days cruises may be available on request.
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.
The boat is equipped with a dismountable hydraulic manual hoist and hoist points are provided in the aft cabin for the hospital bed and in the shower area. Power steering is also available on request to enable less-mobile people to steer the boat, including from a wheelchair.
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.
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