Boat Bookings


Basingstoke Canal


Madam Butterfly


History of ABA



Accessible Boating

is a Charity managed and operated by unpaid volunteers offering opportunities for disabled people or those with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.


We operate 2 boats: DAWN, a day boat; and MADAM BUTTERFLY, a cruising boat.

Both craft are specially designed and equipped to cater for those with disabilities or reduced mobility. Hydraulic lifts give easy access for those in wheelchairs and both boats have accessible toilets.

Self-drive hirings are open to both novices and experienced boaters alike, because full tuition tailored to individual requirements is provided at the start of each cruise by trained Dispatchers. If you have any concerns about boat handling, please contact us, as we will provide whatever support you need including, for Dawn, providing an ABA crew.

Due to their popularity we've added more dates to our scheduled day trips on Dawn for those with limited mobility and their carers at £10 per person (plus one carer free).

Maximum of 4 persons per booking.

Book in advance by contacting our bookings manager on
07934 926683 or email

Departures are from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham RG29 1AL Saturdays 12 & 26 August 1100-1400
Monday 4 September 1400-1700
Thursday 7 September 1100-1400
Saturday 9 September 1100-1400 & 1400-1700
Monday 18 September 1400-1700
Saturday 23 September 1100-1400
Mondays 9 & 16 October 1400-1700
Wednesdays 4 , 11, 18 & 25 October 1100-1400

Although we are unable to update our flyer at the moment,
trip details remain valid but see above for times.


DawnDawn is a day boat offering covered accommodation for up to 6 wheelchairs and their carers with central heating, a hob for a kettle, electro-hydraulic lift to carry wheelchairs from deck to saloon and a flushing accessible toilet. Maximum number on board is 12 less one per powered wheelchair. As part of the 12, an ABA skipper and crewman can be provided at no extra charge for those who do not wish to self-drive. More details HERE.

ButterflyMadam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly is a holiday boat with 7 berths, including a full-sized hospital bed with hoist. It has hydraulic lifts fore and aft, galley, accessible toilet and shower and many special features to assist the party to have an enjoyable cruising holiday. More details HERE.