Wow, I NEVER expected to see a wheelchair-friendly canal boat! But:
Our specially adapted canal boat, the QEF Jubilee, moored at Hemel Hempstead, has just undergone a £50,000 renovation including an engine overhaul, flooring repairs, windows refurbishment, fixtures and fittings replaced, and new galley facilities. The boat is specially designed and equipped for disabled people. At 55 ft. long and 12.5 ft. wide, she is wider than standard canal boats, giving you comfortable access for wheelchairs. Facilities include a medical bed, hoist tracking systems and a wheelchair battery charger. Our boat is adapted so that even the most severely disabled people can enjoy steering along the canal, from their wheelchair, using a joystick.
I went on a wheelchair accessible canal boat on the Wales/England border 30 years ago! They had an accessible canal boat (they have two now) and a wharf with a cottage and a couple of chalets that are accessible.
I was working with disabled schoolchildren back in the day and during summer 1988 or 1989 we took a group for a weeks holiday. They were split in to two groups, one based on the canal boat and the other in the cottage/chalets and on the Wednesday we swopped the groups over.
The boat was based at the wharf in Ellesmere (Shropshire), England and we took each group to Llangollen and back going over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. I was the videographer for the week.