Wheelchair Accessible Canal Boat!

  • Wheelchair Accessible Canal Boat!

    Posted by azaleeboy on October 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    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.


    That is so cool!

    Check out the video of it here:


    Anyone been on something like this?

    efcmark replied 5 years, 8 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • tabifolk

    October 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Maybe @weekender can go try it out and report back for everyone 😀

  • weekender

    October 23, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    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.



  • efcmark

    October 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    For day trip canal boat hire that is accessible try WARRINGTON DISABILITY PARTNERSHIP on 01925 240064

    You can hire the Wizard for a day for I think 10 people or so, wheelchair lift to get on. Worth a call.

    cheers, Mark

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