Canal Boating For The Disabled

A UK Canal Boating Article

Category : General


UK Canalboating have a specially adapted boat for wheelchair users and the disabled.

QEF Jubilee underwent £50,000 renovation in 2012 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 severely disabled people can enjoy steering.

Special facilities

Wide beam for easy mobility below deck
Accommodation for 8 people with up to 3 wheelchairs.
Large decks at bow and stern
Wheelchair-accessible boarding ramps from each deck to the towpath

Hydraulic lift at both ends for access to interior
Flush toilets
Wheelchair-accessible toilet and shower
Galley with full size cooker, microwave, fridge
Central heating
Buoyancy aids for all sizes

UK Canal Boating Holidays can be enjoyed by those with special requirements or by those who are less mobile. However for safety reasons at least three of the crew must be active enough to operate the boat and locks.

On other boats apart from Jubilee guests who are less mobile will find that the cabins on the canal boats are accessed by steep steps inside the front and rear doors. The inside of these canal boats are not suitable for wheel chairs due to the restrictions caused by the width of bulkheads and doors.

View our disabled availability stock here.



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