Madam Butterfly is a cruising boat equipped with a hospital bed and other facilities to allow able-bodied carers to accompany those with mobility problems. We can supply a hoist (at extra cost) if needed.
We accept bookings from 3 nights to 7 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 2 toilets, central heating and a dining area. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery and glasses are provided, as is bed linen. Fuel is included in the price.
Wheelchair access to the boat is via a demountable 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 wheelchair users.
There are two 12v charging points for a mobile phone and, ideally with the engine running, a 230v supply at up to 1000 watts is available to charge wheelchair batteries, or the electric hoist batteries or to run low-powered medical equipment. There is also a 2-pin razor socket in the shower room. There is a TV and radio 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).
Only registered assistance dogs are allowed on board.
Walkthrough videos of ‘Madam Butterfly’ can be found here, they show what is on board and how it works
Madam Butterfly Pt 1 https://youtu.be/3Y8Au5hLPaw
Madam Butterfly Pt 2 https://youtu.be/Uuq8hB4O6ys
If you are interested in Madam Butterfly – Wheelchair Accessible Narrowboat Holiday please complete an enquiry form.